Measures of Success in the Nunavut Education System: Habkut or Unaaq


  • Jennifer Godfrey Anderson Memorial University of Newfoundland


Nunavut’s education system and supporting structure has been evolving since the signing of the Land Claim Agreement with the federal government in 1993. Historically, as part of the Northwest Territories, curriculum and evaluation in the Nunavut region was purchased from Alberta Education and this practice continues today. While the development of a local curriculum is ongoing, Alberta Provincial diploma exams are currently the only performance measure for the Nunavut education system and the English Language Arts diploma exam is the only exam used as a graduation requirement. This chapter will contextualize the use of these exams as performance indicators for the Nunavut education system within a view of educational success developed in Nunavut.

Author Biography

Jennifer Godfrey Anderson, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Jennifer Godfrey Anderson PhD, began her teaching career as an elementary school generalist, and has since taught in a rural intermediate school in New Zealand, high schools in Vancouver and London, and a middle school in Calgary. In addition to researching and teaching, she has worked as a consultant with provincial, international (PISA), and national (PCAP) mathematics assessment programs, as well as international evaluation initiatives in Asia and the Caribbean. She is currently involved in the Nunavut Teacher Education program with the Nunavut Arctic College. Jennifer’s research focuses on experiential learning, assessment practices, and educational change.