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New application and authorization process
The IB has recently completed a review of its authorization and evaluation processes.  The new set of authorization and evaluation forms on the IB public website reflect the new processes.  Key features include:

  • a long-term relationship with a consultant, to support schools all the way from the application for candidacy (formerly part A) to the application for authorization (formerly part B)
  • a thorough reading followed by a written report (that your school will receive) of both applications and the evaluation self-study questionnaire by experienced IB practitioners
  • application documents organized according to the Programme standards and practices
  • guides to school authorization that identify practices and programme requirements that must be in place at authorization, helping schools prioritize their work
  • clear professional development requirements linked to the authorization and evaluation processes
  • in the case of the Diploma Programme, introduction of visits for programme evaluation to a number of schools every year
  • a thorough and professional quality assurance process so that schools may feed back to the IB about both the authorization and the evaluation experience, allowing us  to study and to improve our processes
  • a simplified billing system

 

The changes are aimed at making the processes simpler to understand, consistent over time and across the IB world and most importantly further enabling schools to have the support they need throughout their relationship with the IB.


There will be a period of transition towards the new processes.. Further information can be found on the IB website at http://www.ibo.org/become/index.cfm and on the IB Americas webpages at www.ibo.org/iba/become.

Visual Identity for IB World Schools

The password protection on the visual identity for schools pages on the public website has been removed. They are now freely accessible pages.  Please use these pages to find information on maintaining the IB visual identity for IB World Schools, as well as to download IB World School logos, jpgs of programme models, computer and video screensavers, videos of the IB learner profile, and banners for your school’s website.

The password protection on the visual identity for schools pages on the public website has been removed. They are now freely accessible pages.  Please use these pages to find information on maintaining the IB visual identity for IB World Schools, as well as to download IB World School logos, jpgs of programme models, computer and video screensavers, videos of the IB learner profile, and banners for your school’s website.

Diploma Programme courses online - update

A total of eight different Diploma Programme courses are available online to students attending IB World Schools.  Pamoja Education, in partnership with Virtual High School and Florida Virtual School, developed the following courses, delivered in September 2010: ITGS HL/ SL, math HL, business and management SL, economics HL/SL, Spanish ab initio and psychology SL. This course development and delivery initiative forms part of the Diploma Courses Online project that seeks to support delivery in existing IB World Schools and also to reach out to new communities of students who cannot physically attend an IB World School. Pamoja Education is responsible for working with interested IB World Schools to enrol students in the online course offerings. For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Pamoja Education website.

Further developments within the Diploma Programme Courses Online project are centred on initiating the Pilot IB Open World School project. An IB Open World School is an existing IB World School, which is additionally authorized to register and support, at a distance, external students who are unable to attend an IB World School. IB Open World Schools will provide access to online Diploma Programme courses, through IB approved course providers, to external students who will register for the online courses. Schools that become IB Open World Schools have the opportunity to “open their doors” to students outside of their school and to collaborate with other schools or communities in support of students’ education.

For further information please contact: dp.online@ibo.org.