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International Baccalaureate: State Provides Financial Incentives for IB Courses

State provides financial incentives for IB programs: This data set includes the following types of policies and programs:

  • Those that provide schools and districts with start-up or expansion funds to purchase textbooks and classroom materials for IB courses.
  • Those that financially reward schools and/or districts for the number of students completing IB courses and/or earning a "4" or higher on an IB exam.
    Why does it matter?
  • Districts and schools benefit when states provide financial resources to help cover additional equipment, materials or other costs that IB courses may incur.

  • Financial incentives can encourage more schools and districts to provide IB options.

  • Fiscal incentives based on high achievement keep the focus on learning– not just on curriculum.

  • Highlights:
  • Seven states provide financial incentives for offering IB programs.
  • Six states provide start-up grants to help cover the costs of implementing new IB courses/programs.
  • Four states offer additional funds to schools or districts for students who earn a "4" or higher on IB exams. (Totals equal greater than seven because some states offer both types of financial incentives.)
  • States with no written policy in this area do not appear below.

    Sources for all data points are accessible through this link.

    What is International Baccalaureate? For more details on the IB Diploma Program, please refer to this summary for state policymakers or visit the IB Web site.

    Methodology: This information was collected primarily from state statutes, rules and regulations, and postsecondary governing/coordinating board policy manuals, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

    Last updated: August 17, 2007

    This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or

    State provides financial incentives for IB courses
    Arkansas Yes. Schools may be awarded a one-time equipment and instructional materials grant for each IB course provided. Districts with more than one high school offering IB courses may apply for the one-time equipment grants for each high school.

    In addition, depending on the availability of funds, schools may be awarded up to $50 for each score on an IB exam equivalent to a 3 earned on an Advanced Placement exam. A school must use the funds from the IB exam awards in the school's IB program.
    California No. While legislation authorizes the awarding of start-up grants for IB programs, these grants have never been funded or awarded.
    Florida Yes. For each student enrolled in an IB course who receives a 4 or higher on the related exam, a district is calculated an additional .24 full-time equivalent (FTE) student membership. A district is also calculated a .3 FTE student membership for each student who receives an IB diploma. These values must be added to the total FTE student membership for grades 9-12 for the subsequent fiscal year. In turn, the district must award each IB classroom teacher a $50 bonus for each IB student he/she teaches who receives a 4 or higher on the IB exam, and an additional $500 bonus to each IB teacher "in a school designated with a grade of "D" or "F" who has at least one student scoring 4 or higher on the international baccalaureate examination, regardless of the number of classes taught or of the number of students scoring a 4 or higher on the" IB exam. Bonuses awarded to any teacher may not exceed $2,000 in a given school year and must be in addition to any other bonus/wages the teacher would otherwise receive.

    In addition, the merit award program for instructional staff and school-based administrators requires participating districts to administer an end-of-course assessment to measure student achievement. International Baccalaureate exams may be used for this purpose.
    Michigan Yes. In the 2006-2007 school year, the state department of education made $50,000 grants available to districts, intermediate districts, and consortia of districts/intermediate districts to help offset the costs of implementing an IB diploma program or IB middle years program. A grantee may receive a grant for up to 4 fiscal years.

    Yes. A competitive grant program is designed to expand IB course and program offerings. Grant awards may not exceed the lesser of $85 times the number of students enrolled at the participating sites on October 1 of the previous fiscal year, or the approved supplemental expenditures set out in the grant application. Funding may be used to:
    (1) Provide teacher training and instruction to more effectively serve students, including low-income and other disadvantaged students, in IB programs
    (2) Further develop IB courses or programs
    (3) Improve the transition between grade levels to help students, including low-income and other disadvantaged students, succeed in IB programs
    (4) Buy books and supplies
    (5) Pay course or program fees
    (6) Increase student participation and success in IB courses or programs
    (7) Expand student access to IB courses or programs through online learning
    (8) Hire appropriately licensed personnel to teach additional IB courses or programs
    (9) Engage in other activity directly related to expanding student access, participation and success in IB courses or programs, including low-income and other disadvantaged students.

    Oklahoma Yes. The state board of education is authorized to award schools $100 for each score of "4" or better on an IB exam. These funds must be used to support the development of IB courses.

    A school may apply to the state department of education for a one-time $5,000 equipment and materials grant for each new IB course offered. "Additional grants may be awarded to school sites demonstrating successful implementation of the ... International Baccalaureate course for which the original equipment and materials grant was awarded. Successful implementation may be demonstrated by, but is not limited to:
    (A) The class having been reported on the Application for Accreditation Coded Class Schedule.
    (B) A student having completed the relevant ... International Baccalaureate examination.
    (C) A student having scored ... four or better on" the relevant IB exam.
    "(D) Evidence of activities to prepare growing numbers of students for the challenges offered by the ... International Baccalaureate classes."
    Texas Yes. Statute authorizes schools to receive a one-time $3,000 equipment grant for providing an IB course. Funds are awarded to a school based on need as determined by the commissioner. However, according to a June 2007 Texas Education Agency report, the $3,000 equipment grant was last funded in the 2002-2003 fiscal biennium.

    A school may also be awarded up to $100 for each student who scores a 4 or higher on an IB exam. Equipment grants and score reward funds must be used in the manner determined by the campus team convened by the principal. However, the school must "give priority to academic enhancement purposes in using an award received under the program," and may not use the award "for any purpose related to athletics."

    The state also targets financial incentives for IB teachers. A teacher may receive a one-time $250 award for teaching an IB class for the first time. In addition, the state may deposit $50 in the teacher bonus pool for each student enrolled in the school that scores a 4 or better on an IB exam. An IB teacher may receive "a share of the teacher bonus pool, which [must] be distributed by the teacher's school in shares proportional to the number of [IB] courses taught." However, according to a June 2007 Texas Education Agency report, neither the $250 award nor the teacher bonus pool share have ever been funded by the state.

    A district "is entitled to state revenue necessary to provide the district with the sum of ... an amount equal to the product of $275 multiplied by the number of students in average daily attendance in grades nine through 12 in the district." One of the ways districts may use these funds is to "implement or administer a program that encourages students to pursue advanced academic opportunities, including early college high school programs and dual credit, advanced placement, and international baccalaureate courses...." The state additionally provides districts with an annual allotment for each student identified as gifted and talented. Such funds may be used to provide IB programs.
    Wisconsin Yes. The state's Advanced Coursework Expansion Reimbursement offers funds to partially reimburse districts for the costs of offering IB and Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high schools that added new IB or AP courses during the previous school year. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction received funds for the program in 2006-2007 and included $100,000 for the program in its 2007-2009 biennial budget proposal, which is pending legislative approval as of August 2007.

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