New Research Demonstrates Value of an IB Education
Results Show DP Graduates Achieve at a High Level in Post-Secondary Education
Washington—May 26, 2015. The International Baccalaureate (IB), a non-profit education foundation, has released new research demonstrating the positive impact that its Diploma Programme has on students as they enter their college career. The IB provides a continuum of education for students from Pre-K through high school that develops the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. The study looked at the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of former Diploma Programme students in the United States.
The study examined the pathways and outcomes of DP students in the US who took the IB exams in 2008, and was conducted using student demographic and assessment data for DP students who registered to take the IB exams.
The results showed a positive relationship between DP participation and post-secondary success, namely:
- 78 percent of DP students enrolled immediately in post-secondary education following high school graduation; the national enrollment rate was 69 percent.
- Of these DP students, 95 percent immediately enrolled in a four year college; the national rate was 60 percent.
- The first year retention rate of DP students was 98 percent; compared to the national retention rate of 77 percent.
- The four year graduation rate among all DP participants (those who earned or attempted the DP diploma) was 79 percent, compared to 39 percent nationally. The four year graduation rate for DP diploma earners was 84 percent.
- The six year graduation rate among all DP participants (those who earned or attempted the DP diploma) was 83 percent. The six year graduation rate nationally was 56 percent.
“This research provides tangible evidence of the value of an IB education,” said Drew Deutsch, Director of the IB for the Americas. “The findings demonstrate that providing a rigorous academic programme taught in tandem with the ten attributes of the IB Learner
Profile – among them the importance of being an inquirer, a risk-taker, open-minded, reflective and balanced – combine to help shape a young adult who is prepared to succeed at a higher level.”
This year’s IB exams – given during the month of May – had over 140,000 participants globally.
About the International Baccalaureate
The International Baccalaureate is a not-for profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools. For over 45 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for their high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalised 21st century, and for helping to develop the citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Founded in 1968, currently there are over 1 million IB students at over 3,800 schools in 147 countries across the world.
Odysseyware Online Courses Earn A-G Approval From University of California
28 approved courses available to secondary schools and students to access high-quality college prep curriculum
(CHANDLER, Ariz.) June 4, 2015 – Odysseyware, a leading online curriculum provider, has been granted “A-G” approval by the University of California (UC) for 28 of its online courses. The courses provide personalized instruction and a media-rich curriculum in core subject areas and electives as well as Career and Technical Education (CTE) that enable students to satisfy eligibility requirements for enrollment in the UC system and prepare for advanced study.
According to the University of California, A-G approved courses “are to be academically challenging, involving substantial reading, writing, problems, and laboratory work (as appropriate), and show serious attention to analytical thinking, factual content, and developing students’ oral and listening skills.”
“Our dedicated, expert team of educators and designers has created a diverse range of courses that meets the high academic standards for college-bound students established by the University of California for online and blended learning,” said Beth Te Grotenhuis, Odysseyware president and CEO of its parent company, Glynlyon. “Our flexible, engaging, and media-rich courses ensure students are ready for the rigors of college and life after graduation. We continually strive to expand offerings designed for the needs of today’s students.”
The Odysseyware courses that have received approval are:
History / Social Science
U.S. History Foundations to Present
English – 4 years required
English I CCSS
English II CCSS
English III CCSS
English IV CCSS
Algebra I CCSS
Algebra II CCSS
Language Other than English
Introduction to Careers in the Health Sciences
The A-G subject area requirement is a combination of college-preparatory courses drawn from history/social science, English, math, laboratory science, foreign language, and visual and performing arts, as well as other electives that students must complete in order to apply for the UC. Courses from California high schools and online schools used to satisfy the A-G subject requirements must be approved by UC. Online course publishers are responsible for obtaining this approval on behalf of the schools, districts, and programs that purchase or license their courses. UC grants a three-year term to all online courses that have been approved for A-G purposes.
To receive this approval, Odysseyware courses have to meet two criteria: alignment with the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Standards for Quality Online Courses, as well as a rigorous review by the UC.
Visit www.odysseyware.com for a complete list of courses available in California.
Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Odysseyware is an innovative, multimedia-enriched online curriculum. Completely web-based, Odysseyware provides 21st century educational solutions by offering the core subjects of history and geography, math, language arts, and science along with enriching electives, CTE, placement testing, diagnostics, and professional development. This curriculum is sold directly through regional education specialists. To learn more, visit http://odysseyware.com/ or call 877-795-8904.