NS Curriculum Documents

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Essential Graduation Competencies

This document provides a common vision of the competencies—a set of attitudes, skills, and knowledge—beyond foundational literacy and numeracy that prepare learners to engage in a lifetime of transitions and learning.

Atlantic Canada Framework for Essential Graduation Competencies

Learning Outcomes by Grade Level

Learning Outcomes Framework Documents provide a series of statements describing what knowledge, skills, and attitudes students are expected to demonstrate as a result of their cumulative learning experiences from Grade Primary to graduation.

Learning Outcomes for Grades Primary-3 were revised and reduced as of July 2015.  Learning Outcomes for Grades 4-6 were revised and reduced as of July 2016. Please see the outcomes for the individual subject/grade level by accessing the link for the appropriate grade below.

NS Public School Program

  • presents the goals and policies of public school education in Nova Scotia
  • describes what students should know and be able to do (Essential Graduation Learnings) if the goals are to be reached describes the programs and courses offered in the public school program

Public School Program (Note: Draft 2013 version which is currently under revision)

NS School Book Bureau

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Academic Testing Program for Home Schoolers

The Canadian Test Centre offers home educators an opportunity to assess their students with the nationally recognized Canadian Achievement Tests (CAT) and the Canadian Test of Cognitive Skills (CTCS).  These tests provide home educators with information that will assist them in teaching and guiding their students.

To purchase the tests, please visit the Home Schoolers section of the Canadian Test Centre web site.