The purpose of this audit is to determine whether the Ministry of Education has met its public commitment to close the gaps in educational outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students. Specifically, the audit will focus on the ministry's responsibility for programs, policies, and initiatives to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal students. It will assess how the ministry plans, implements, evaluates, and reports on the effectiveness of Aboriginal education at a system-wide level. Because delivery of education happens at the school district level, the audit will include visits to four selected school districts to gather evidence of how the ministry's policies are being implemented at the local level.
Context: In 1999, the provincial government publicly acknowledged that Aboriginal learners were not experiencing success within BC's education system, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with First Nations and other education stakeholders to work together to improve the situation. In 2005, the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, and First Nations signed the Transformative Change Accord, establishing a commitment to close the achievement gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students in 10 years.