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Posts tagged ‘International Baccalaureate’

12
Mar

“The SAT Is Not Fair”

The cover story of the New York Times Magazine (March 9, 2014) was the SAT – the standardized test designed to put high school students on a level playing field when it comes to college admissions in the US. Written by Todd Balf, the article is humorously (but truthfully) titled “The SAT Is Hated By…All Of The Above” meaning the most widely used college admissions test is despised by “stressed-out students, frustrated educators, hamstrung admissions officers, and anxious parents.” Designed as a tool by which all students could be compared, the SAT doesn’t do what it was designed to do and is, in fact unfair because students have unequal access to two systems: education and test-prep. Read more »

8
Nov

The IB Diploma School: Asking the Right Questions

The International Baccalaureate (“IB”) Diploma program has been exploding in the United States.  Since 2003 the number of IB Diploma schools has more than doubled from 355 to 743; a 109% increase in 8 years. The weak economy has not slowed down the growth as the US had 534 IB Diploma schools in 2008 and grew to 743 in 2011 – a nearly 40% increase. The program is popular, no doubt and more prevalent in the south and southwestern states where public education was greatly in need of improvement. Read more »