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Open Letter to Bradley County Board of Education on IB

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Dear School Board Members,
Please review the information below with an open mind! All I am asking is that you at least look at what others have seen wrong with this program. The decision to go forward I feel will not be in the best interest of our Community and our children. As the governing board that directs so many decisions that affect our children, I feel it is your responsibility to research the issues that your constituency feel is important. This information comes from a gentleman that has seen the negative impact and the financial burden this program has placed on the local economy. In a down economy, I feel it is only responsible of you to look at the facts regarding this International Baccalaureate Program. Thank you for your time and consideration!

1) IB will not improve student performance,
Summary – http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-04172006-173212/
Entire dissertation – http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-04172006-173212/unrestricted/DissertationDeborahRJackson.pdf
http://blog.ednewscolorado.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/IB-Plan.pdf
http://www.ibo.org/research/programmevalidation/documents/TXSum.pdf

2) Over 20 schools drop IB in about a year the most stated reasons for dropping IB are:

Cost
Lack of student improvement with IB
Less flexible than AP
Lack of participation in IB classes
Lack of college credit for IB

Here is a link to the 20+ schools that dropped IB in about a year,
http://myinclinevillage.com/2011/05/10/how-to-stop-or-remove-ib-from-your-school.aspx

St. Helena CA is very interesting, after two years and over $1,000,000 the high school students fought to remove IB and the school board unanimously agreed,
http://napavalleyregister.com/star/news/local/article_8b306270-4ae5-11e0-b742-001cc4c03286.html
http://napavalleyregister.com/star/news/local/article_93d3c612-5042-11e0-a7c4-001cc4c002e0.html

3) Your must acknowledge the fact that for all the money spent on IB, your high school graduates will get less college credit for IB than for AP. Keep in mind the IB HL classes are two year classes. Of the colleges that do give credit for IB, most only give credit for HL classes.
http://www.collegeconfidential.com/dean/archives/ap-vs-ib.htm
http://www.princeton.k12.oh.us/HighSchool.cfm?subpage=416

The IBO website use to say IB was “college prep.” It was recently changed to, “The (IB) Diploma Programme fosters the knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable students to excel in university.” http://www.ibo.org/recognition/
AP classes are college level classes, http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html

What high schools discover after spending a lot of money to implement IB is that they inadvertently increase college costs for most of their graduates.

4) The fact that IB is a UN sponsored programme is only a small part of the problem,
http://myinclinevillage.com/2010/07/16/even-jay-matthews-admits-colleges-give-more-credit-for-ap.aspx

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