K to 12 education policies and standards

Additional direction to educators and school authorities to ensure that students receive a high quality education.

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Policies and standards

French-language content for this topic on Alberta.ca is currently being developed. Information will remain available on the Alberta Education website until this is complete.

La page correspondante en français est en cours de préparation sur le site Web Alberta.ca. Pendant cette période de transition, l'information qu'elle contient demeure disponible sur le site Web du ministère de l'Éducation.


Alberta Education has the following policies regarding K to 12 education:

  • Daily Physical Activity Policy
  • English as a Second Language Policy
  • Human Sexuality Education Policy
  • Inclusive Education Policy
  • Learning Commons Policy
  • Locally Developed Courses Policy
  • Student Evaluation Policy
  • Teacher Growth, Supervision and Evaluation Policy
  • Use and Reporting of Results on Provincial Assessment Policy

Details about these policies can be found in the Guide to Education.


K-12 education programs, services and outcomes are defined by compulsory delivery standards defined in the:

Ministerial order on student learning

This ministerial order sets the vision, essential values, learning foundations and outcomes for student learning in K-12 education:

Early childhood special education

When delivering educational programming and services for children with special education needs, school authorities follow the requirements outlined in the:

Grades 1 to 12 special education

For some students, full participation in learning requires that they receive specialized supports and services. School authorities are to follow the requirements outlined in the:

Teaching and leadership quality

Alberta teachers, school leaders and school authority leaders meet the competency requirements for the teaching profession outlined in the: