Personal Education Numbers (PEN)
The Personal Education Number (PEN) is a nine digit number assigned to each student as they enter the British Columbia education system. This identification number follows the student through their Early Learning, B.C. K-12 and post secondary education. This number is used for multiple purposes including; the distribution of funding to schools, transition analysis between schools, districts and post secondary education, exams and student reporting.
- PEN Student Demographic Tips (PDF, 117KB) for schools is posted for information.
- PEN Protocol - the purpose of the protocol is to provide the public with information on "What is a Personal Education Number", "Legislated uses of PEN" and "Conducting research and analysis using PEN".
- Explaining the PEN Activity Report (PDF, 470KB)
- PEN Web Application Instructions