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 IB Program

Posted: 9/11/2012 


HEB ISD students in IB program surpass US and world scores


Students in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD have a higher passing rate on International Baccalaureate (IB) exams than their peers in the rest of the country or around the world. The passing rate on IB exams for HEB ISD students is 83 percent. The US passing rate is 66.9 percent and the world passing rate is 78.4 percent.

The IB Program is an internationally-recognized program established in 1968 and noted for its depth and challenging curriculum. It is a rigorous pre-university course of study where students test in six subject areas.

This HEB ISD passing rate data was recently presented to the HEB ISD Board of Trustees, but the data for the US and the world just became available.

"This illustrates the strength of our IB program, our teachers, and our coordinators," Gene Buinger, superintendent of schools, said. "It is not surprising that the US average is lower than the world average. Students in this country generally do not work as hard as their international peers. But to have our HEB ISD students surpass the US average and the world average means our students are just as bright, work just as hard, and that our teachers do a superb job of preparing them to compete in a global economy."

What makes the HEB ISD pass rate even more significant is the fact that many IB schools around the world, including the United States, are private schools or magnet schools that do not accept all students. HEB ISD offers IB at both high schools and the program is open to all students.

In addition to the high overall IB exam pass rate, HEB ISD students enrolled in the Asian languages program have a 100 percent passing rate on the Hindi IB exam and a 78 percent passing rate on the Mandarin IB exam.

"We are certainly heading in the right direction," Buinger said, "and we are doing more to give our students a world class education. We have already had one group of students go to China and now we will have a group go to India. We want our students to use what they learn in our Hindi and Mandarin classes in the countries that speak those languages."



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