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Data Show International Baccalaureate (IB) Classes Help a Third of Low-Income Students in IB Schools

Even students who only take one IB class and sit for one exam are still closing the gap.

“The best treatment is do to the whole diploma and take all the exams,” Young said. “That’s the gold standard. But it turns out, if you can’t do that, and you just participate in one course, that’s sufficient to boost long-term educational outcomes.”

Young not only found elevated high school graduation and college-going rates, but also that low-income students persisted in college through at least the first year at the same rate as their wealthier peers. Future studies will continue to track these students.
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Stop, Start, Continue: Conceptual Understanding Meets Applied Problem Solving

Stop, Start, Continue: Conceptual Understanding Meets Applied Problem Solving | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
To better understand how educating individuals can make a global difference, consider what we should stop doing, what we should start doing, and what we should continue doing.
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This essay is by David B. Hawley, International Baccalaureate Chief Academic Officer.

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Northfield’s “IB for All” a dramatically new model for Denver high schools

Northfield’s “IB for All” a dramatically new model for Denver high schools | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

At a high school in Denver, a principal wants to prove that all students, not just "high-achievers" can achieve the standards required to earn an International Baccalaureate diploma.

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The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2013 – Part Two | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2013 – Part Two | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

As regular readers know, I teach an International Baccalaureate “Theory of Knowledge” class. Our school structures our IB program a bit differently from many others by having a whole lot of students take individual IB classes and we have relatively few who are taking all IB classes in order to get the IB diploma. I really like this set-up, and it opens up my TOK class to a lot more students.

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Daring Arlington County public school requires AP or IB courses for all students

Daring Arlington County public school requires AP or IB courses for all students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Washington-Lee High encouraging students to take AP, IB courses even if they won’t pass the exam.
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Fort Lee school district to merge some AP and IB classes - NorthJersey.com

FORT LEE - To better optimize its staff and resources next year, the district plans to merge some of its Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes into one course of study.
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The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2012 — Part Two | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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TOK resources from around the web this year.

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Secret to a Thriving University Life: IBDP Extended Essay

Secret to a Thriving University Life: IBDP Extended Essay | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

According to a research project conducted by the University of Virginia in the United States, the Warwick University in the United Kingdom, and the McGill University in Canada, IB graduate students who had taken part in the EE are more confident and more prepared in tackling their university studies than their non-IB counterparts.

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Colleges Vary on Credit for AP, IB, Dual Classes

Colleges Vary on Credit for AP, IB, Dual Classes | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
When it comes to setting the bar on who gets credit for college-level work done in high school, postsecondary institutions are all over the map.
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AP and PBL: It Works!

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Andrew Miller addresses concerns about how to meet the requirements of AP and IB in a proficiency based diploma school.

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Finding Classroom Rigor in a Global Curriculum - Room for Debate

Finding Classroom Rigor in a Global Curriculum - Room for Debate | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Should more U.S. high schools offer International Baccalaureate programs?
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This week's NYTimes Room for Debate section includes 6 different points authors debating the merits of IB.

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AP good for high school, bad for college?

AP good for high school, bad for college? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Jay Mathews explores some interesting points in this provocative column about college prep classes, including both AP and IB: do such classes actually prepare students for college? do students who use AP/IB credits miss out on valuable college experiences by using the credits such classes often grant them? My favorite part of this column is the point is when Mathews asserts that college readiness needs to focus more on providing students with more experience conducting research projects.

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Educators Tout IB's Links to Common Core

Educators Tout IB's Links to Common Core | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
International Baccalaureate educators say their program offers a base for designing curriculum units that align with the new Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English/language arts.
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