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FOR RELEASE
December 19, 2014

Yukon Excellence Award criteria changing to increase award value, broaden scope

WHITEHORSE—The Yukon Excellence Award program is being changed to broaden the variety of courses in which students are eligible for awards and to focus on final grades rather than final exams.

“Yukon students will benefit from changes to qualifications for Yukon Excellence Awards, that encompass more subject areas,” Education Minister Elaine Taylor said.

Previously the Yukon Excellence Awards focused on exam performance in traditional areas for language arts, mathematics, social studies and science. The new criteria focuses on performance throughout a course and provides opportunities to earn awards in the areas of art, music, shop, home economics, outdoor education and others.

Awards in the amount of $300 for each subject can be earned by students in Grades 10 to 12 who achieve a final overall mark of 80 per cent or higher in up to five mandatory courses and five elective courses. This applies to a maximum of four Grade 10 courses, three Grade 11 courses and three Grade 12 courses, for a maximum total amount of $3000.

Changes to the award criteria have no impact on the Yukon Excellence Awards of students who have already graduated. Historically, students received awards when they achieved 80 per cent or higher during year-end Yukon Achievement Tests and B.C. Provincial Exams, regardless of their final mark.

The next two years will be an overlap period for students who wrote Yukon Achievement Tests in Grade 9. The final year that Grade 9 students wrote Yukon Achievement Tests was 2012, as a result of changes to the B.C. curriculum which Yukon follows. These students will be assessed under both the old and the new award criteria and will receive whichever award sum is higher, to the maximum of $3,000.

Learn more: Yukon Excellence Awards

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Contact:

Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications
867-633-7961
elaine.schiman@gov.yk.ca

Ronuk Modha
Communications, Education
867-332-5082
ronuk.modha@gov.yk.ca

 

Yukon Excellence Awards: Program changes at a glance

Program feature

Before 2013-14 academic year

2013-14 academic year, onward

Yukon Achievement Test (YAT)

English YAT scores

$200 for exceeding expectations in Math
$200 for exceeding expectations in Language Arts, Grade 9 YAT

No YAT scores included

French YAT scores

$200 for exceeding expectations in French, Grade 9 YAT (French Immersion and FFL students only)

No YAT scores included

Courses by grade

Level 10

Final exam mark of 80 per cent or higher in:
Math 10: $300
Science 10: $300
English 10: $300

Final course mark of 80 per cent or higher in:
Math 10: $300
Science 10: $300
English 10: $300
Plus
1 other final course mark of 80 per cent or higher: $300

Level 11

Final exam mark of 80 per cent or higher in:
Socials 11: $400

Final course mark of 80 per cent or higher in:
Socials 11: $300 or equivalent
Plus
2 other final course marks of 80 per cent or higher: $300 each

Level 12

Final exam mark of 80 per cent or higher in:
English 12: $500

Final course mark of 80 per cent or higher in:
English 12 or equivalent: $300
Plus
2 other final course marks of 80 per cent or higher: $300 each

langue Français (FL)

Final exam mark of 80 per cent or higher in:
FL 10: $300
FL 12: $500

FL courses will be considered an equivalent to English courses. The higher grade will be considered.

Application process

 

Individuals apply and must provide proof of post-secondary expenditure in order to claim awards.

Individuals apply and must provide proof of post-secondary expenditure in order to claim awards.

Years to use YEAs after completion

 

10 years

10 years

Total awards

 

No absolute maximum**. Based only on BCPE exams.

Ten $300 awards based on course marks for a maximum of $3000 per student

**Students could have written equivalent course B.C. provincial exams, such as English 10 or English First Peoples 10, and received YEA awards for both.

 

 

 


News release #14-299