Manitoba Education has identified a range of instructional supports for addressing student diversity, including differentiated instruction, adaptation, modification, and individualized programming. This is not a continuum of supports; rather, each instructional support is intended to address specific programming needs in consideration of expected learning outcomes and/or student-specific outcomes.
Modification refers to altering the number, essence, and content of the curricular outcomes that the student is expected to meet.
Information for Schools, Students, and Families
Modification is appropriate for students who have a significant cognitive disability.
A significant cognitive disability is determined by a specialized assessment.
In high school, students with significant cognitive disabilities can register for Modified (M) courses. M-designated courses are intended for students who will benefit from department-developed or -approved curricula, providing they have been modified significantly to meet the student’s unique learning needs.
Students receiving modification must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that details the significant curriculum modifications and implementation plan.
Modified courses are reported on the same report card and/or statement of marks used for all students. A modified course will be reported using the M course designation and a percentage mark indicating the student's performance in the course relative to the goals and objectives or outcomes identified in the student's IEP.
Students may graduate with only M designated courses or a combination of M designated courses and courses without the M designation. The curriculum for any department-developed or -approved course may be modified and assigned the M course designation, including compulsory core, compulsory complementary, and optional supplementary subject areas.
- Student-Specific Planning: A Handbook for Developing and Implementing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) ( 683 KB)
- Towards Inclusion: A Handbook for Modified Course Designation, Senior 1-4
- Working Together: A Handbook for Parents of Children with Special Needs in School
- Working Together: A Handbook for Parents of Children with Special Needs in School (Brochure) ( 795 KB)
Legislation, Standards and Policies
- Appropriate Educational Programming Regulation 155/2005 ( 122 KB)
- Standards for Student Services
( 130 KB)
- Handbook for Student Services
Program and Student Services
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