Flex Approach to High School Learning
May 8, 2013
Flex approach to
high school learning
A requirement for high school students to have 25 hours of
face-to-face instruction per course credit is proving to be old
More than100 high schools will remove the 25-hour standard this
coming school year. Most recently, the Calgary Board of Education decided to
have all of its high schools participate.
"This is Inspiring Education in action,” said Education Minister
Jeff Johnson. "We are rethinking and redesigning high school to provide
flexibility for students and teachers. Linking credits to the time a kid spends
sitting in a desk is too prescriptive for some high school students, especially
those who don't require the full 25 hours of face-to-face instruction to master
A recent report on the Alberta government's High School Flexibility
Enhancement project revealed positive feedback from students, teachers and
parents. The project began in 2009 with 16 schools and is now open to all school
boards across the province to implement.
"The flex approach allows high school students to focus on other curriculum
needs and access additional teacher supports during the school day,” he said.
"It also allows students to continue their progress in a particular course
beyond the scheduled semester, rather than awarding them a failing grade and
having them retake a course.
"Albertans told us through Inspiring Education that the system as a
whole needs to be responsive and flexible. I'm proud of the efforts of all
school boards actively engaged in rethinking high school and for thinking
outside the box. The option for school boards to remove the 25-hour requirement
and design their own flex approach is a very student-centred approach to
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