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Education Reporter
NUMBER 239 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS DECEMBER 2005

IB Loads Costs on the Taxpayers
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With more than 99% of the 597 International Baccalaureate programs in U.S. public schools, taxpayers bear the greater financial burden connected to the increased costs of this program.

Explained by PABBIS: "On average it costs taxpayers about $200,000 per year over regular school expenses to have the IB program in a school. This is more than twice the cost of having an Advanced Placement (AP) program." (PABBIS News, 11-9-2005)

The annual school fee for authorizing the high school IB Diploma Programme has been $8,180. IB tests — required for the "Diploma" — are around $700 per student, usually paid by parents . . . Tests must be passed to receive the "Diploma." To obtain college credit for IB courses, applicants usually need the IB Diploma (not Certificate) and acceptable test scores as determined by colleges.

This year President Bush "proposed a 73% increase in funding for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs to reach more low-income and minority students. The funds can be used to train teachers and defray costs such as exam fees." (U.S. Dept. of Education press release, 2-27-2005)

While the proposal also applies to AP programs, EdWatch says: "The IB program almost always pushes out the AP classes and the IB program has much less focus on advanced science and math classes. IB classes and tests result in students receiving little or no college course credit compared to what they would obtain for AP classes and tests." (EdWatch, 11-10-2005)

IB tests are sent to Geneva for scoring. Concerns about privacy and security involve the fact that "personal, values-laden data on individual American students" is being collected and stored in a foreign database. (Edwatch, 11-10-2005)


 
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