The core of our work involves research on IB programmes. We conduct Outcomes research to investigate the impact of IB programmes on students, teachers and schools, and Curriculum research to support the development and review of all programme curriculum and pedagogy.
Policy research, a new research area within the IB, supports IB decision-making and policy development by providing cutting-edge research findings and practice recommendations on key educational issues.
We also conduct survey research, designing, distributing and analyzing surveys to support the IB’s strategic decision-making, and quality assurance for IB products and services. The Assessment research department (formally part of the Assessment Division) collects and analyses data to ensure assessments are well-grounded in current understanding of best practice. We also coordinate Research services such as the Jeff Thompson Research Award.
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Research key findings
Read at-a-glance overviews of studies from around the world that examine the outcomes of IB programmes on students, teachers and schools.
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These studies investigate trends in assessment and support the development of innovative, valid and fair DP, CP and MYP exams. Assessment research focuses on studies aimed at improving IB assessment processes and policies, supporting the development of formative and summative assessment resources as well as trialling new examination models proposed in the curriculum review process.