The Middle Years Programme: Next chapter
The most ambitious programme redesign in the IB’s 45 year history
Evolution of the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)
The IB is introducing its newly reviewed MYP for first teaching in September 2014.
This innovative programme represents an evolution of almost 20 years of excellence and is an important milestone in IB history. New features include stronger connections with the IB continuum of international education for students aged 3–19 and optional external assessments.
Maintaining the IB’s spirit of international collaboration, the programme was designed in consultation with educational experts and IB educators from over 100 pilot schools in 46 countries.
The new MYP offers:
- greater flexibility for schools to combine the MYP with the requirements of national and state educational systems
- closer alignment across the IB continuum, offering an ideal preparation for students going on to study the IB Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate.
Innovation in curriculum development
As a leader in international education, the IB is committed to revising its programmes on the basis of the latest developments in the field of education, emerging expertise and contemporary classroom practice.
The MYP is moving forward with a more explicitly concept-driven curriculum that encourages student-centred teaching and learning through global contexts. The curriculum provides:
- greater opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and learning
- increased emphasis on critical and creative thinking, social and emotional well-being, and learning how to learn
- deeper inquiry into human identity and global challenges that explore what it means to be internationally-minded
- ongoing discovery of service as action through engagement with local and global communities
- a new community project for students who finish the programme in MYP years 3 or 4
- new teacher support materials that help teachers organize their teaching and learning more effectively.
Innovation in assessement
From 2016, the IB will further strengthen the MYP with an exciting new optional range of eAssessments designed to ensure valid, reliable and practical assessment of student achievement, which will lead to certification. The current MYP already features a rigorous, criterion-related internal (school-based) assessment model.
The eAssessments will include innovative tasks that employ media-rich background material and creative response options. The tasks probe students’ conceptual understanding. Onscreen examinations support a wide range of individual learning needs.
New optional eAssessements will include:
- externally marked onscreen examinations for selected subjects in language and literature, individuals and societies (social sciences and history), sciences, mathematics and interdisciplinary studies.
- an externally marked ePortfolio—for language acquisition courses in selected languages.
- internally marked and externally moderated ePortfolios—for selected courses in physical and health education, arts and design.
All students in the final year of the programme complete the MYP personal project. The personal project is a culminating learning experience that will be externally moderated by IB-trained moderators.
Find out more
Become an IB World School
To take the first steps in becoming an IB World School authorized to offer the Middle Years Programme, please read the information on the Become an IB World School page.
The IB offers new and updated workshops to help IB teachers, coordinators and heads of schools prepare for first teaching of the enhanced MYP in September 2014.
Workshops are part of the IB’s high-quality, innovative products and services that help new, experienced and expert school leaders and educators understand, support, and successfully deliver IB programmes by drawing on the expertise of a network of IB educators worldwide.