ST. PAUL - St. Paul Education has decided it will not be participating in piloting the draft K-6 curriculum next school year.
On Saturday, the school division announced it would instead focus on ensuring "continuity of learning amid the continued impacts of the pandemic," rather than participating in the pilot of the new K-6 curriculum.
The draft curriculum was released in late March, just ahead of spring break for many teachers in the St. Paul area. The school division announced last weekend that it was unsure if it would be piloting the curriculum. The document has received a variety of criticism from groups across the province.
Many groups are speaking out against contents of the curriculum, including the local Francophone school division. A lack of engagement throughout the process has been noted by many.
"Our division will take a consistent approach to teaching and learning for the 2021-22 school year with the current Alberta curriculum," reads a statement from St. Paul Education, dated April 10. "Over the course of the year, we will undertake a review of the draft curriculum with our stakeholders and provide feedback to Alberta Education."
The school division continues to encourage Albertans to provide feedback on the curriculum, which can be done online.
"We believe this decision to be in the best interest of our students and staff," reads the statement.