Ministerial Directives

Strengthening Teacher Instructional Practices (2020)

To provide direction to education bodies regarding the hours of non-instructional time that must be established for planning for student assessment and reporting, and professional planning and learning.

Inclusive Schooling (2016)

To provide roles and responsibilities and standards for schools to ensure that students are well integrated in the school in their community. 

Principal Growth and Evaluation in the Northwest Territories (2012)

To provide direction towards a system-wide process to guide the development of school principals and ensure that school principals meet an acceptable standard in the performance of their duties.

Student Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting (2010)

To provide guidelines for the fair assessment evaluation of students that provides valuable information on student success in relation to curriculum expectations and identify areas of strength and challenges at the student, school, district education authority, divisional education authority, and territory-wide level.

School Improvement and Reporting (2010)

To provide direction to support schools in a continual and relevant planning process that is evidence-based and student-focused through a collaborative planning model with a strong focus on learning and quality teaching.

Release of Alberta Achievement Test Results (2005)

To protect the privacy of individual students.

Standardized Testing - Alberta Achievement Tests (2004)

​To ensure system-wide information on student achievement is collected and reported for Alberta Achievement Testing in Mathematics and Language Arts in Grade 3, 6 and 9. 

Evaluation and Promotion of Professional Growth for Teachers (2004)

To ensure that a system-wide process of supervision, support and development is in place for teachers working in Northwest Territories schools.

School Fees for Treaty Rights Holders (2004)

To ensure school administrators are aware that treaty rights for Aboriginal students prevail over the rights of education bodies with respect to fees for education applied under Sections 117(1)(h) and 118(1)(b) of the Education Act.

Recruitment of Teaching Personnel (2001)

To provide direction to education bodies regarding the recruitment of teaching personnel, the checking of references and the nature of the subsequent employment contract. This directive also reinforces the commitment by the Government of the Northwest Territories  to offer employment to all northern graduates of teacher education programs.

Career Development Across the Lifespan (2001)

To provide guideline for the delivery of quality career development education, programs, and services that provide people with the tools, resources, and opportunities to be self-directed in their work/life through contributions that bring personal meaning and satisfaction to themselves and their community. 

Student Record Management (1998)

To provide direction to DECs, DEAs and schools to ensure that their records management procedures are consistent with Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPP) and to integrate the requirements of other guiding documents, including the Education ActStudent Record Regulations and the Protocol for Sharing of Information on Young Offenders. The Directive was updated in 2005 -- Revised version available here.

Child Abuse Protocol (1998)

To provide the authority of a Directive to the Child Abuse Protocol document. This document describes the roles and responsibilities of school staff and others in handling disclosures of child abuse. 

Magnet Facilities (1998)

Religious Instruction in Public Schools (1998)

To ensure that all Divisional Education Councils, District Education Authorities and School Administrators are respectful of the spiritual values or beliefs of all students and understand the section of the Act that deals with religious instruction.

Home Schooling (1996)

To identify the responsibilities of the Superintendent, Superintendent's designate, principal and DEA regarding home schooling programs, including programming, support, registration, and funding.

Preparing for Tomorrow – Community Secondary Schooling (1994)

To provide guidance on the planning, development, and delivery of community Senior Secondary Schooling to ensure that all students have the opportunity to access higher learning in their own cultural environment.