FSAs for grade 7 students

Dear families of grade 7 students,

There has been some confusion around the letter sent home by the BC Teachers’ Federation regarding the Foundation Skills Assessments (FSAs) that are written each year by our grade 7s.  In SD83, we use this information generated by the FSAs to allocate additional resources to literacy and numeracy program to address specific areas of concern revealed by this assessment. 

Though recently distributed letters from the BC Teachers’ Federation were sent home asking parents to excuse their children from writing the FSA exam, we understand that Ministry of Education guidelines allow for the exclusion of students under the following conditions:

  • Family emergency
  • Lengthy illness
  • Other extenuating circumstances

Mrs. Woodhurst, Mr. Matheson and Ms. Major have contacted all families who have submitted forms to date, and in our conversations with these families, the majority of parents felt they were signing a school-generated letter.  Of the 45 letters signed by parents, only six students are exempted for extenuating circumstances, lengthy illness or family emergency at this time.  All other parents agreed that their students would write this mandatory provincial assessment.

At SMS, our teachers will be beginning to administer the FSA exams on Thursday, Oct. 10th (the process of completing the full exam is spaced out at the teacher’s discretion over a number of days).  We are unable to accept letters beyond Thursday at 8:00am and we would be happy to discuss your concerns or questions prior to this deadline.  Please feel free to give us a call at the office.