Nova Scotia's Action Plan for Education


Nova Scotia's Action Plan for Education

Action Plan News and Updates

Junior Achievement Expansion

The department provided increased funding to Junior Achievement to provide students in grades 9 to 12 access to hands-on learning in financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship so they can learn more about career choices and the world of business.

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Report Card information for parents & guardians with children in grades P-3

Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education focuses on maximizing student learning and success. A redesigned curriculum for grades Primary to 3 is one of the biggest initiatives for this year. It will provide students with a stronger foundation in mathematics & literacy. To help parents understand how their child is learning with the revised curriculum, the P-3 report card has changed.

New Homework Standards

The department consulted with Nova Scotians on new homework standards to support and enhance student learning at every grade level. Read the new homework standards.

New guide for Parents of Four Year Olds

Let's Play Together: A Guide for Parents of 4-Year Olds is designed to help families support children's early development through play.

Coding Strategy Being Developed

More than 600 Nova Scotia students attending Education Day at the Big Data for Productivity Congress in Halifax have been told coding is a priority for the province and is being brought to the classroom earlier than planned.

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New Early Years Centres

Four new centres opened at Clark Rutherford Memorial School in Cornwallis, West Highlands Elementary School in Amherst, École Beau-Port in Arichat, and New Germany Elementary School, New Germany to provide increased supports and services for young children and their families. There is now an Early Years Centre operating in every school board.

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Provincewide Code of Conduct

To ensure consistency across the province, a new provincial school code of conduct with clear and concise standards for student behavior was established.  Watch the video to learn more.

(video) Provincial School Code of Conduct

Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Technology Combine for Brilliant Labs

Premier Stephen McNeil and Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey announced that Brilliant Labs will open in all eight school boards across the province as part of Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education

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Grades Primary-to-3 Curriculum to Build Strong Math, Literacy Foundation

A streamlined and innovative curriculum with a strong foundation in math and literacy will better support important learning for grades Primary-to-3 students beginning in September 2015.

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P-3 Streamlined Curriculum

Transition Task Force

The department created a new task force to focus on identifying and addressing the challenges students face as they move from high school to post-secondary education, training or the workforce.

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Reduced wait times for Early Intervention Services

Funding was provided to the Nova Scotia Early Childhood Development Intervention Services Association to clear the wait list for services for children who are at risk for, or have a diagnosis of, developmental delays.

More than 300 families that had been waiting for services are now benefitting from the program. New families will be seen within a month of being referred.

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Early Intervention Nova Scotia

Minister’s Panel on Education Report

After a consultation that inspired over 19,000 Nova Scotians to share their views on the public education system, the Minister’s Panel on Education has presented its report to The Honourable Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Parent Guide to Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education

Here are the highlights of what is new and coming for students in grades primary to 12 for the 2015–16 school year.

Year 1 Annual Report

Improvements in year one of the action plan include a streamlined grade Primary to 3 curriculum with a greater emphasis on math and literacy, the early introduction of coding to help today's students become more career ready, a greater focus on financial literacy, homework standards and more support for young children.

Individual Program Plan (IPP) Review

Nova Scotia Provincial Literacy Strategy

The provincial literacy strategy will ensure young Nova Scotians have the literacy skills to thrive in school and beyond. The province is investing $3.2 million in more direct support for students and more support for teachers to strengthen literacy learning in all subjects and grades, every day.

From School to Success: Clearing the Path