2014 Auburn South IB PYP Evaluation
Following our recent IB PYP Evaluation by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), Auburn South Primary School proudly recieved no less than 10 commendations that relate directly to ways in which we implent the PYP at our school. All staff are to be congratulated for their hard work and professionalism throughout the evaluation and the preceeding 12 month ‘self-study’.
Auburn South PS Commendations
• The school demonstrates a strong commitment to a collaborative approach to curriculum development involving all stakeholders.
• The school has developed a workplace culture supportive of open communication, understanding and respect and this is clearly evident from interactions with all stakeholders.
• The school has developed effective systems to keep the governing body informed about the ongoing implementation and development of the PYP.
• The school has developed a governance and leadership structure that supports all aspects of the implementation of the programme beyond the expected standard.
• The school displays a strong model of pedagogical leadership supporting the implementation of the programme.
• The school is commended for its strong support for the role of the PYP coordinator in implementing a dynamic and sustainable programme.
• The school displays a strong commitment to funding the implementation of the PYP ensuring sustainability.
• The school displays a strong commitment to the utilisation of resources and local expertise to effectively enhance units of inquiry.
• The school is commended for its efforts in ensuring that the written curriculum is available to the school community.
• The school has developed a comprehensive written student report that aligns with IB PYP expectations, particularly highlighting the essential elements of the programme.
Key findings from research on the impact of the IB Primary Years Programme
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Global Research Department collaborates with universities and independent research organizations worldwide to produce rigorous studies examining the impact and outcomes of the IB’s four programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme(MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP) and the Career-related Certificate (IBCC).
Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to: standards alignment, programme implementation, student performance and the learner profile. In addition, many researchers—completely independently of the IB—produce quality studies on the effects of IB programmes. The findings below come from a sampling of both independent and IB- commissioned research relating to the PYP.
A global study investigated the performance of 23,575 PYP and MYP students at international schools on the 2007-2009 International Schools’ Assessments (ISA), relative to non-IB students (n=14,317). The ISA assesses four domains: math, reading, narrative writing and expository writing. On the whole, the results indicate that IB students outperformed their non-IB peers on the ISA across all four domains in a majority of grade levels (Tan, Bibby, 2010).
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