Performance Standards for Healthy Living
The BC performance standards for healthy living have been developed for voluntary use in BC schools. They are designed to support and align with several required areas of study within the BC provincial curriculum. The BC performance standards for healthy living describe the professional judgments of a number of BC educators about cross-curricular expectations for healthy living, and they provide a context within which teachers, students, and families can examine aspects of healthy living in their schools.
The standards are intended to provide a framework those schools and families can use to focus and monitor their efforts to enhance health knowledge, attitudes and behaviours among students and to improve their school’s overall environment.
The development of the BC performance standards for healthy living was informed, in part, by the Prescribed Learning Outcomes and Suggested Achievement Indicators contained within the provincial curricula of Health and Career Education K to 9, Planning 10, Graduation Transitions, Physical Education K to 12, Home Economics: Foods and Nutrition 8 - 12 and Family Studies 10 - 12.
The BC performance standards for healthy living are not intended to replace existing curricula, nor do they represent all concepts addressed within such curricula. Rather, the BC healthy living performance standards support teachers in addressing some of the provincial curriculum requirements as well as provide a framework for ongoing formative classroom assessment of healthy living concepts which exist as part of classroom programs and curricula.
The BC performance standards for healthy living describe student achievement in four aspects of knowledge: healthy eating, active living, healthy relationships and healthy practices. The standards help teachers assess the extent to which students are able to apply the skills and strategies in purposeful, age-appropriate tasks in areas of the curriculum with healthy living learning outcomes.