Ministry of Education says grade anomaly in final exams has been fixed

The issue involved five provincial exams taken between June 22 and 23 and affected about 32,000 students in Communications 12, English 12, English First Peoples 12, French Language Arts (first language) 12 and French Language Arts (second language) 12

The issue that caused student grade anomalies with some June 2019 provincial exam results has been resolved and students will again be able to access corrected final exam marks and grades via the student transcripts service.

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.

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After investigating the incident, the ministry determined human error led to some grades being entered incorrectly.

The ministry said the manual error occurred when the grade thresholds from the scoring system were entered incorrectly into the reporting system. The error resulted in the assessments being miscalculated, with many students showing a lower result than expected.

The issue was discovered on July 29 after schools contacted the ministry asking about apparent anomalies in student results.

The issue involved five provincial exams taken between June 22 and 23 and affected about 32,000 students in Communications 12, English 12, English First Peoples 12, French Language Arts (first language) 12 and French Language Arts (second language) 12.

Post-secondary institutions in B.C., across Canada and NCAA schools in the United States were notified of the issue on July 30 to ensure no student applications were impacted.

The ministry said it will be providing transcripts to those schools directly to prevent any further delay.

“I am confident that students and families can now know their grades are correct,” Education Minister Rob Fleming said.

“I know this has caused anxiety for students and their families, and I want to assure them that this will not have an impact on admission to colleges and universities.”

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