Reshaping Secondary Education

Adams, James Ring
December 1977
Education Digest;Dec1977, Vol. 43 Issue 4, p2
The article presents information on reshaping secondary education in the United States. The International Baccalaureate (IB), designed originally for the children of diplomats and international businessmen. The IB was launched a decade ago to provide a high school curriculum and diploma that could be transferred from one country to another. Since the IB began in earnest in 1970, over 5,000 students from 93 countries have taken its exams, and over 1,000 IB diploma holders have been admitted to 330 colleges and universities in 33 countries. Over 100 American colleges grant advanced standing for high scores on the IB test. The program is now offered in more than 70 schools, from international schools of world capitals to American community colleges. The IB pattern is more structured than the American and more flexible and open than the European. The IB says everybody must select from a range of subjects. A student who passes the full IB will be eligible for admission as a sophomore in many colleges.


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