How the International Baccalaureate Can Strengthen Our Schools
Jay Mathews and Ian Hill
Recognized by universities throughout the world, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a high school curriculum and examination that students can take in any country. Like the Advanced Placement tests, the examination confers college credit. The IB, however, is even more rigorous and comprehensive than the AP program; it fosters excellent critical thinking and study skills in the students who participate and has the potential to rejuvenate struggling schools. Supertest is two stories woven together: the birth and growth of the IB in the world and in the United States, and the birth and growth of the IB at Mount Vernon High, a D.C.-area high school that successfully adopted the IB curriculum.
Jay Mathews is an education reporter for the Washington Post and the author of Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College that is Best for You.
Ian Hill is Deputy Director General of the International Baccalaureate Organization.