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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 11 Hansard (19 September) . . Page.. 3543..


Answers to questions

Schools—International Baccalaureate program (Question No 134)

Mr Doszpot asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 6 August 2013:

(1) How many schools in the ACT, both government and non-government, offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at (a) primary, (b) middle and (c) senior levels.

(2) How are government schools selected to teach the IB program.

(3) What accreditation does it require and who makes the assessment.

(4) What, if any, additional training is required for teachers delivering this program.

(5) What additional resources are required for schools that have this program available.

(6) Are additional funds made available to schools that offer this program; if so, how much and on what basis.

(7) What is the demand for this program from parents of ACT school students.

(8) Why do ACT public schools offer this program.

(9) Why don't more ACT public schools offer this program.

(10) What assessments have been done to assess the success of students in ACT schools being taught under this program.

(11) Have any surveys been undertaken among students, teachers and parents of this program as it is delivered in ACT public schools.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Five schools have a Primary Years Program.

One school has a Middle Years Program.

Five schools have a Diploma Program (senior years).

(2) ACT public schools are not selected to teach the IB program. Schools wishing to teach the IB program apply for authorisation from the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).

(3) Schools apply for authorisation from the International Baccalaureate Organisation.

(4) All teachers delivering the program and the principal take part in training in IB curriculum, documentation and assessment procedures.


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