The failure of international baccalaureate evidence

Published Apr 16, 2014 at 10:48 am (Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 10:51 am)

The scores are in. The Upper St. Clair “International School,” hijacked by the International Baccalaureate Organization a few years ago, ranked 57th in the Region for fourth grade on the most recent PSSA testing, and far, far lower state-wide. In case anyone wonders whether this is a fluke, you should note that last year, the fourth grade scores were 49th in the region. While 57 looks good on a ketchup bottle, it is abysmal in one of the most expensive school districts in the state governed by a board that is planning another massive tax increase with more planned for the future. The program has failed at all levels. In the high school, the graduation rate for students with an IB diploma is still tragically dismal. Since the true costs of this designer program are more than $300,000 per year, and it is a near total failure, perhaps it is time to pull the plug on this program. The curtain has been pulled back and the man behind it has no clothes.

Mark Trombetta

Upper St. Clair

The failure of international baccalaureate evidence

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