Achievement contracts are the boards of education's public commitment to improving student achievement. They are based on thoughtful consideration of student performance information at the classroom, school, district and provincial level. Achievement contracts reflect the unique characteristics, priorities and needs of each district. The contracts are part of an accountability cycle for schools, school districts, and for the Ministry of Education.
The School Act requires each Board of Education in British Columbia to prepare and submit to the Minister of Education, an Achievement Contract with respect to standards for student performance and plans for improving achievement in the district. The Contract includes a focus on literacy, programs to support early learning and any other matters as determined by the Minister.