Programme evaluation is both a requirement and a service provided by the IB Organization to IB World Schools. The aim is for the IB to ensure on a regular basis that the standards and practices of the programmes are being maintained. Programme evaluation engages all stakeholders within the school community in a process of formal reflection and documentation of their development. This allows the IB to provide an detailed assessment of the school’s development of the programme and to identify areas where additional attention is required. It provides a broad look at the programme implementation in the school and does not seek to appraise or assess individual teachers or students. The evaluation process occurs every five years after authorization
Within this process, there are certain expectations for the school and for the IB, which are described below.
The school is expected: (during it's self study year)
- to undertake its own assessment of the implementation of the programme, according to the Programme standards and practices and programme requirements
- to identify major achievements during the period under review and to identify practices that need further development.
The IB is expected:
to analyse and evaluate the school’s implementation of the programme, according to the Programme standards and practices and programme requirements
to commend schools on practices that address the Programme standards and practices in ways that solve challenges faced by the school and/or show outstanding implementation
to provide guidance on enhancing the implementation of the programme in the school
to point out areas within a school’s practice that, if not addressed immediately, will jeopardize the integrity of the programme and thus the school’s entitlement to be considered an IB World School.