Student success is defined as the combination of three components - learning, development, and well-being.

  • Learning: students acquire competencies (a set of attitudes, skills, and knowledge) in various subjects in the core curriculum, and in areas of learning outside the core curriculum, including life skills.
  • Development: students develop appropriate social, emotional, and behavioral skills that facilitate their full membership, participation, and learning.
  • Well-being: students learn and adopt healthy lifestyles that support their physical and mental growth and development.

To support student success, public education in Nova Scotia maintains a culture of high expectations for all where each child has the right to learn in an environment that is affirming and appropriate. This right is crucial to an equitable and inclusive learning environment.

The Student Success Planning Framework is intended to be a guide for schools, school boards, and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, as all partners work together to create a learning team culture throughout the public education system in Nova Scotia.

Full implementation of the professional practices described in this document will bring schools to a higher level of effectiveness in Student Success Planning. The successful and purposeful integration of Student Success Planning, work of learning teams, and focused assessment and instructional practices will lead to increased growth in student learning and achievement.