In a second study released this week by the International Baccalaureate, conducted by a Melbourne-based research team at RMIT University, it was found that IB primary students at 13 government primary schools in Victoria enjoyed learning outcomes higher than children in similar schools throughout Australia.
Using results drawn from the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), researchers found that:
- students enrolled in the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) had higher scores, on average, in reading and numeracy.
- In addition, principals of the schools that offered the PYP indicated that the PYP has a high impact on student outcomes, particularly in terms of their deep understanding of concepts.
- Principals and teachers alike voiced the opinion that the PYP contributed substantially to academic achievement, student development and student motivation.
The findings from this study suggest that the PYP can support positive student outcomes in Government schools, including academic outcomes on national standardized tests. The study also contributes to the growing literature that reinforces the importance of school leadership support, recruitment of suitable teachers, providing teachers with appropriate professional development and supportive workload allocations for effective education program implementation.
To see more detail of the study on primary education in Australia’s government schools, download the report, “The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme in Victorian Government primary schools, Australia”. A summary is also available.
For more information, contact:
Sebastien Barnard, Regional Communications & Marketing Manager APAC
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