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International Baccalaureate: State Provides Accountability Incentives for IB Programs

Why does it matter?

  • Students benefit when schools and districts have incentives to offer advanced coursework.
  • Highlights:

  • Ten states include IB offerings and achievement in state report cards, accountability calculations or accreditation indicators.
  • An additional three states mandate that reports be made to the legislature or state education agency on IB offerings and/or enrollments.
  • 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 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 jdounay@ecs.org.

    State provides accountability incentives for IB programs
    Arkansas Yes. Districts must annually report by grade level, economic status and ethnicity the number of students taking IB courses.
    California No. However, districts offering an IB Diploma program must annually report to the state department of education the number of students in the district enrolled in IB courses.

    Colorado Yes. District accreditation indicators include the percentage of students enrolled in an IB diploma program. In addition, each public high school's annual school accountability report must provide information on any IB course offerings in the school.
    Indiana Yes. Each district's "school corporation annual performance report" must note the number of students receiving an IB diploma.
    Kentucky Yes. A bonus point is added to the "transition to adult life calculation for each graduate who" completes an IB diploma.
    Maryland Yes. State data system annually reports students taking IB courses.
    Michigan Yes. If a district wants all of its schools to be accredited, it must submit an annual report for each school to the state board. The report must include:
    (1) The number of "college level equivalent courses" (including Advanced Placement and IB courses) offered in the school and district
    (2) The number and percentage of students enrolled in at least 1 AP or IB course during the previous school year
    (3) The number and percentage of these students who took an AP or IB exam
    (4) The number and percentage whose score on the exam was at or above the level recommended by the testing service for college credit.

    The state department of education is required to submit a report to the legislature, "aggregated for statewide and intermediate school district totals, using the information submitted by school districts."
    Minnesota No, although the state commissioner of education must annually report to the education committees of the legislature the number of students enrolled in IB courses in each district.
    Ohio Yes. Each local report card (which does not affect school or district ratings) indicates the percentage of students in the previous year who participated in IB programs.
    Oregon No, although each district must report to the state department of education the types of accelerated college credit programs offered, including IB programs. The department in turn must annually report to the Joint Boards of Education and the House and Senate committees the types of accelerated college credit programs offered in the state.
    Texas Yes. One of the school and district performance indicators in the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) is participation in and performance on IB exams. This information is "disaggregated by ethnicity, sex, special education, low income status, limited English proficient status (since 2002-03), and beginning in 2003-04, at risk status (district only)."
    Virginia Yes. High schools' School Performance Report Cards must include the percentage of students enrolled in IB programs and the percentage of students who receive IB diplomas.
    West Virginia Yes. 2007 S.B. 657 authorizes the state board of education to award, for purposes of school or district accreditation, bonus points or credits for "International Baccalaureate completers."


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