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District School Board of Niagara
Policy Education Programs and Student Services

D-16 Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (NEW)

Date May 2022
Review May 2027

The DSBN values learning experiences that have occurred outside of the classroom or through a student’s lived experience. Although these learning experiences may have happened outside of an Ontario secondary school, prior learning may be assessed and formally recognized with credits towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is the formal evaluation and credit-granting process whereby students (including mature students), may obtain credits for prior learning. Prior learning includes the knowledge and skills that students have acquired, in both formal and informal ways, outside secondary school. Students may have their knowledge and skills evaluated against the expectations outlined in the Ontario curriculum to earn credits towards the OSSD.

All credits granted through the PLAR process must represent the same standards of achievement as credits granted to students who have taken the courses.

The PLAR process for day school students and mature students will be carried out under the direction of the school Principal who has the authority to grant credits. Further information and resources can be found in the Secondary Course Calendar or by contacting your school principal.