Supertest: How the International Baccalaureate Can Strengthen Our Schools

Supertest: How the International Baccalaureate Can Strengthen Our Schools

Supertest: How the International Baccalaureate Can Strengthen Our Schools

Supertest: How the International Baccalaureate Can Strengthen Our Schools

Synopsis

Recognized by universities throughout the world, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a college entrance examination that students can take in any country. A school that adopts the IB curriculum ensures that its academics are brought up to international standards. Over 500 U. S. high schools currently participate in the International Baccalaureate program. As the IB concept gains ground with students, parents, and teachers in North America, Supertest tells two illuminating stories: how the IB program came to be and eventually reached the United States, and how it came to be implemented at Mount Vernon High in Alexandria, VA. The book provides insight into how ideas first conceived by a small group of educators in Switzerland eventually helped improve a typical American public school.

Excerpt

Since the original hardcover edition of this book, the International Baccalaureate has continued to grow, in the world and particularly in the United States. As of mid-2006 there were 479 high schools in the United States with IB diploma programs. There were also 163 schools with Middle Years Programs and 56 schools with Primary Years Programs. Ninety-two percent of those U.S. schools with IB programs were public schools.

Worldwide, IBO had a total of 200,000 students in 122 countries at 1,765 schools (offering one or more IB programs). In 2005, 22,484 IB diplomas were awarded worldwide, 8,422 of which were in the United States. In Newsweek magazine’s 2005 list of America’s Best High Schools, six of the top ten and forty of the top one hundred on that list of public schools, based on participation in college-level tests, had IB programs.

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