Board/Authority Authorized Courses Policy

Date came into force or revised

Issued and in effect January 2004

Revised June 2018, and in effect July 1st, 2018

Status

Current

Policy statement

Board/Authority Authorized Courses (BAA courses) are offered by schools to respond to the local needs of the schools and their communities while providing choice and flexibility for students. BAA courses are authorized by Boards/Authorities according to requirements set by the Ministry of Education.

Rationale

The Ministry of Education encourages boards of education, independent school authorities, and offshore school authorities to offer locally relevant courses to meet the needs and interests of students.

Authority

The School Act (PDF), Sections 85 (2) (i) and 168 (2) (b):

85 (2) … A board may, subject to this Act and the regulations, do all or any of the following…

(i) develop and offer local programs for use in schools in the school district

168 (2) The minister may make orders for the purpose of carrying out any of the minister's powers, duties or functions under this Act and, without restriction, may make orders…

(b) … determining the general requirements for graduation from an educational program

See also, Ministerial Order 302/04, the Graduation Program Order (PDF)

Policy in full

Students may earn elective credits toward graduation by successfully completing BAA courses. There is no limit to the number of BAA courses which may be used to satisfy the 28 credits of electives required for graduation.  In some cases, at the Grade 11 level only, BAA courses may be used to satisfy the Arts Education and/or Applied Design, Skills and Technologies (ADST) requirement towards graduation. Grade 12-level BAA courses may count towards the 16 Grade 12-level credits required for graduation.

Boards of Education, Independent School Authorities, and Offshore School Authorities must authorize each BAA Course and ensure that it meets the BAA Course requirements set out in the current Board/Authority Authorized Courses: Requirements and Procedures document before delivering it to students. A board or independent school authority must submit a signed BAA Course Form to the Ministry verifying the course satisfies current requirements. For more information see the BAA webpage.

Boards of Education, Independent school authorities, and Offshore School Authorities must retain copies of all BAA Course Frameworks.

If the Ministry informs a board or authority that a BAA Course does not meet the BAA Course requirements set out in the current Board/Authority Authorized Courses: Requirements and Procedures (PDF), the board or authority must not offer that course for credit in the following semester or school year onward.

The board may revise a disallowed course in order to meet the BAA Course requirements set out in the current Board/Authority Authorized Courses: Requirements and Procedures (PDF).

BAA courses do not include modified or remedial courses. BAA courses must not have a significant overlap of expected learning outcomes with Ministry of Education authorized courses. The exception to this is for Art Education or Applied Design, Skills and Technologies  courses only when they are developed using the 2018 curriculum standards, as found on the Ministry Fine Arts and Applied Skills Requirements in the Graduation Program.  

Procedures related to policy

Boards of education and independent school authorities are required to submit a BAA Course Form for new courses electronically to the Ministry at student.certification@gov.bc.ca. Boards and school authorities must retain the full BAA Framework for review by the Ministry when requested. Independent school authorities and offshore school authorities must retain the full Framework for review during inspections and for review by other Ministry staff when requested

Course developers may use the Board or Authority Authorized Course Framework Template in the Board/Authority Authorized Courses: Requirements and Procedures (PDF) or the district format or template, provided that it meets the BAA Requirements and Procedures.

Course codes for new courses will be selected from a list of Core Course Categories.

In cooperation with the Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC), a searchable BAA Sharing Platform has been created. Boards/Authorities can volunteer to share their BAA frameworks on the platform. Districts or schools accessing BAA courses on this platform will need to seek approval from their board/authority to deliver the courses locally, as per BAA policy.