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May 22, 2018
Report: Memphis students from poor families less likely to have access to advanced coursework
Of the 14 high schools that offer more than 40 advanced classes, all but one have a lower percentage of students from poor families than the district.
August 9, 2017
I was a winner in an academically segregated school. Now, I’m driven to advocate for the other side
A college student wonders what happens to his peers in his middle school's "traditional" program — and what he can do to make future students' experiences more equitable.
November 23, 2015
Shortridge High School’s Melody Coryell wins $25,000 teaching award
Melody Coryell was the only Indiana teacher to win a $25,000 Milken Educator Award in 2015.
October 21, 2015
Chalkbeat's best-read stories: ISTEP, Glenda Ritz, school funding and snow
We begin our third year as Indiana's most in-depth source for education news today.
August 10, 2015
Amid pomp and circumstance, Northfield High School opens its doors to first freshman class
Ninth-graders at Denver's Northfield High School, the district's first new comprehensive high school in 35 years, started the school year Monday with welcome speeches in the school's gym.
August 6, 2015
A year after Washington Township went all-IB, teaching is changing
Last year the district became just the sixth worldwide to offer IB curriculum to all students.
February 18, 2015
Butler looks to expand its IPS partnership to Shortridge
Indianapolis Public Schools may partner with Butler University to deliver its International Baccalaureate program at Shortridge High School next year.
September 17, 2014
CFI School 27, Herron High School cited as models to follow
The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education reform group, today bused about 15 community leaders and others to visit both as part of an effort to promote unique Indianapolis schools that its leaders think are working.
August 7, 2014
Washington Township first in Indiana to offer IB in all grades
The regional director of the Americas for the International Baccalaureate addressed Washington Township administrators Tuesday afternoon. Washington Township is the only district in Indiana and the sixth district in the world to offer IB-framed curriculum to K-12 students at all of its schools.
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June 6, 2014
Denver IB changes — and pushback — mirror other cities’
High schools around the country have traveled the path planned for Denver's George Washington High School, where the principal wants to expand access to the challenging International Baccalaureate program. Their experience suggests that access does not necessarily jeopardize quality — and that communication with families is key.
May 9, 2014
Proposed changes to storied program roil Denver high school
Updated with detail from Saturday's meeting:Changes are coming to the storied International Baccalaureate program at Denver's George Washington High School, and some students, parents and teachers connected to the program are up in arms.
September 10, 2008
The International Baccalaureate program for more city middle schools?
Houston may not be alone in seeing an increase in schools using International Baccalaureate programs. New York's Blueprint for Middle School Success, which identifies "key elements" of successful middle school programs, briefly mentions International Baccalaureate (IB), along with America's Choice and Project Grad, as "protocols, programs, and/or school reform models" that school leaders should consider when developing a college prep curriculum. According to the IB website, few city schools use IB at the moment — Mott Hall Bronx High School, Manhattan's Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change, Staten Island's Curtis High School, and Queens' Baccalaureate School for Global Education — and only Thurgood Marshall and the Baccalaureate School have the IB Middle Years Program. Central themes unite 8 subject areas in the Middle Years Program curriculum. What stands out about the Middle Years Program is not the range of subjects taught nor the five themes which unite the student's learning experience, as shown in the diagram above, but the personal project, an in-depth study undertaken by each child, and other innovative approaches to assessment. Teachers develop their own course assignments and assessments, ranging from projects to exams and including opportunities for self-assessment and peer-assessment. Final assessments are not standardized tests or even standardized projects. Rather, teachers administer appropriate sets of assessment tasks and rigorously apply the prescribed assessment criteria defined for each subject group. The type of assessment tools available to teachers include all forms of oral work, written work, and practical work. A school can request that the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) validate students' grades, a review process in which external moderators apply IB standards to samples of student work and compare their grades to the teachers' grades, which helps maintain standards from school to school.
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