News about the IB
Aligning the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with IB curricula
Are you an IB teacher in the US and grappling with how to align the requirements of both the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with your IB programme? A new resource for IB teachers has been produced in collaboration with the IB, several science educators and Achieve (the organization that drafted the NGSS) to help educators with implementation.
An IB education provides a common vocabulary
In this complex world, Chief Executive of Uplift Education, Yasmin Bhatia believes that ‘IB traits’ give us a common vocabulary for how we interact with one another in balanced, open-minded and caring ways.
Can an IB education help engineering shortages?
The head of Europe’s largest engineering institution claims more widespread adoption of the IB across schools and colleges in the UK could help reduce the engineering skills shortage. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) states in a press release how there is a huge demand for engineers and we are at risk of stifling economic growth if we do not encourage more students to study maths and science subjects.
Benchmarking Diploma Programme language courses to the CEFR
Many universities accept scores for DP language courses as proof of language proficiency, others ask DP students for additional proof. A recent study aims to aid these institutions in determining language proficiency requirements for DP students without the need to require additional testing by examining how the level of English language competency of non-native English speakers compares to levels on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
IB Higher Education Forum builds recognition in Middle East
A delegation of over 200 representatives from governments, universities and schools from across the Middle East convened for the IB Higher Education Forum at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, to build awareness of the IB programmes in the region and discuss the transition of IB students from schools to higher education.
Circular economy now included in IB curriculum
We are collaborating with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to embed systems thinking and a circular economy perspective into the IB curriculum. This will enable IB students to create and be part of realising a positive narrative for the future with an economy that works in the long-term.
IB's role in a globalized world
Andrew Fitzmaurice writes for Huffington Post about the role of international education amid growing anti-globalization sentiment post-Brexit and current political trends in Europe and the USA.
University admissions officers favour DP over A Levels
According to UK university admissions officers the IB Diploma Programme (DP) provides the best preparation for university for young people in the UK, with 97 percent of admissions officers scoring the DP four or five out of five, compared to 87 percent being scored similarly for A Levels.
The IB, an added element for schools?
Afr.com looks at Australian secondary schools that use the IB in conjunction with their state exams and qualifications, making the IB an added element of their school instead of replacing their existing education system.
Does Brexit show the need for international education?
In a Telegraph.co.uk article by John Walmsley, Principal at the UWC Atlantic College in South Wales, he talks about the Brexit, the most polarising political event in recent UK history, exposing clear divisions within the British society both geographically and demographically.