The B.C. Ministry of Education is working to resolve what is described as an “anomaly’” in the results of some provincewide exams written by Grade 12 students last month.
In a message posted Monday via the ministry's online transcript service, students were advised of the problem and assured that ministry staff were working to identify and resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
The ministry said it understands the situation is stressful, noting each exam result is being reviewed to ensure student grades are accurately reflected on their transcript. The transcript page is now offline and attempts to access it produce a message saying it is unavailable due to maintenance.
Advisories sent to students and parents of several Metro Vancouver secondary schools confirm the problem relates to the English 12 exam and the exam written by B.C.'s French immersion students.
School districts have been told the problem should be corrected this week.
Grade 12 students intending to enter Canadian universities in the fall are often accepted at their chosen institution based on marks that only reflect their first two terms of Grade 12 work.
Students are accepted on the provision their final marks don't drop significantly and, with the deadline for final transcripts looming, some students fear the potentially incorrect results from provincial exams could jeopardize their plans.
The ministry statement said post-secondary institutions in B.C. are being informed to ensure no student applications are affected.
“We are also actively contacting Canadian post-secondary institutions and will work with outside post-secondary institutions as needed,'' the statement said.
BC’s Ombudsperson is monitoring the ministry’s response to the Grade 12 exam tabulation error.
“I am concerned about this error and the impact it may have on students across B.C.,” said Ombudsperson Jay Chalke. “This is a very stressful time for students as they make future education plans. I urge the ministry to not only address the technical issue, but to also identify and remedy any individual impacts. Students and parents should be proactively informed about what they can do if they believe they have been adversely affected.”
B.C.’s Ombudsperson has jurisdiction over all provincial school boards and districts, universities, colleges and the ministries of Education and Advanced Education.