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No PATs for CBE students this school year

Last Updated Oct 14, 2020 at 5:45 pm MDT

FILE PHOTO. An empty hallway at a Calgary high school. (PHOTO: Jo Horwood, CityNews)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – With the COVID-19 pandemic making learning a little more interesting, the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) has confirmed there will be no Provincial Achievement Tests this year.

Students in grades six and nine will not be made to write the PATs this 2020-2021 school year.

 

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“We believe this is the right decision in a year where direction from Alberta Education and Alberta Health continues to evolve rapidly,” said Chief Superintendent Christopher Usih.

“Teachers will remain focused on delivering the programs of study for all courses, and will continue to assess student achievement based on the grade level outcomes as determined by the Province of Alberta.”

Earlier this week Education Minister Adriana LaGrange confirmed that the fall 2020 diploma exams will be optional.

 

READ MORE: Diploma exams optional for October, November: Education Minister

Students who are taking a diploma course in the first quarter can choose not to write the tests.

Those who took a diploma test before the semester began and have registered to take them in November must take the tests.

Those who are able to decline the tests and choose to have to let their schools know by the end of the week.