Bob Poole to Talk about IB and Common Core Standards

Friday, October 26, 2012 —

IB Americas Expert Explains the Relationship Between Common Core and IB

LA HABRA, Calif., Oct. 29, 2012 - Bob Poole, International Baccalaureate (IB) Regional Development Specialist for the Americas Region, will speak on Nov. 1 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Sonora High School about the value of the IB programme and the new Common Core State Standards that are rolling out in California starting in 2014. Sonora is a Title I school with a high proportion of socioeconomically disadvantaged students, as is the case at many schools with IB programmes. Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core standards, and the California Association of IB World Schools (CAWS) is eager for this advancement in California education.

When: Nov. 1, 2012, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Sonora High School, 401 South Palm Street, La Habra, CA

Who: Bob Poole, International Baccalaureate (IB) Regional Development Specialist for the Americas Region. Pat Prather, Executive Director of California Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools (CAWS). Robin Oliver, Board President of CAWS. (Interviews available on request)

“Educational experts looked to successful models such as the IB programme to develop and evaluate the Common Core standards, and as a result the standards are impressively rigorous, evidence-based, and informed by an international context,” said Poole. “They prepare our students for the demands of college and career, and give them the skills that are necessary in California’s globalized workforce.”

Robin Oliver, President of CAWS, which is sponsoring Poole’s stated: “We are excited to see the International Baccalaureate and the California Association of IB World Schools at the forefront of education reform in the US, and we’re proud of the teachers, students, administrators and coordinators that have produced such successful IB programmes. Common Core’s creators compared the new standards to five existing assessment standards, and the fact that they chose IB as a model for comparison is a testament to the IB community's great work.”

Facts About IB in California

  • Fifty-seven percent of IB programs in California are housed at socioeconomically disadvantaged schools where more than 30 percent of students qualify for free or reduced price lunches.
  • Fifty-eight percent of the California high schools that have IB programs are among the top 400 high schools nationwide, according to US News & World Report research.
  • Eighty-six percent of California high schools with IB programs scored above the nationwide median for college readiness, 16.3 on a 100-point index, according to US News & World Report research.

About CAWS and IB

The mission of the California Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools (CAWS) is to promote access to an International Baccalaureate education for all students. The aim of CAWS is to facilitate and encourage professional exchange among IB Primary, Middle and Diploma schools and to support their unique needs. For more information, visit www.c-ibo.org.

About the International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. Our four programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Founded in 1968, we currently work with 3,482 schools in 144 countries to develop and offer four challenging programmes to over 1,056,000 students aged 3 to 19 years. For more information, visit www.ibo.org.

About Common Core

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.

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Bob Poole, International Baccalaureate (IB) Regional Development Specialist.