Low-performing US state school sees exceptional improvement

A low-performing US high school has shown exceptional improvement in teaching and learning following the introduction of the IB Diploma Programme (DP), writes education columnist Jay Mathews for The Washington Post.

The school has seen an increase in their passing rate, plus improvements in reading, writing and deep-thinking. During the 20 years Mathews has been collecting data on high schools in the Washington area and nationally, Eastern Senior High School had one of the worst records. Few students participated in its Advanced Placement (AP) programme, and those that did almost always failed the college-level exams. Since then, they have introduced the DP and have seen improvements in their passing rate. “I cannot remember another instance in which an urban public school like Eastern, where just about all students are from low-income families, achieved such gains.”

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