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  • 1. What is International Arab Baccalaureate (IAB)?

    IAB is a pan-Arab comprehensive educational initiative designed in the Arab World, for the Arab World, by Arab and international experts, to provide Arab students with a "license to the future". It was launched in 2010 after many years of preparation including two years of piloting. It currently covers grades 10-12 in general education (and eventually K-12), and culminates in a common secondary school diploma for the entire Arab World that is being gradually recognized locally and worldwide.
  • 2. Who is behind IAB?

    IAB is developed by Educational Research Center (ERC), a Sayegh Educational Company based in Lebanon, in cooperation with concerned Arab and international educators and sister Sayegh companies located in various parts of the Arab World. ERC provides all necessary resources for implementing IAB at accredited schools, and for continuous research-based development of this unique initiative.
  • 3. Why IAB?

    IAB answers the call in the Arab World for putting together modern curricula that are aligned with latest developments in educational research and reform movements, and that promote meaningful learning rather than rote learning of course materials. IAB empowers students for excellence in modern life, while it respects local culture and heritage, meets the highest educational standards, and fulfills the most rigorous university admission requirements anywhere in the world.
  • 4. What are the distinguishing features of IAB?

    IAB is grounded in Profile Shaping Education (PSE), a novel research-based pedagogical framework developed under the auspices of ERC. It provides for continuous capacity building of IAB teachers, and puts at their disposal unique resources including the IAB electronic platform (e-platform).
  • 5. How does IAB provide for capacity building of teachers?

    IAB provides for continuous capacity building of participating teachers. Teachers of an IAB candidate school have to enroll in the IAB Capacity Building program for one academic year and successfully complete the program in order for the school to become an "IAB Accredited School". Subsequently, teachers benefit of regular training workshops, and special local and regional events, and they take advantage and contribute to the development of various IAB resources. IAB also provides a help-desk to support teachers in need, and an electronic interaction forum for teachers to share best practices and discuss classroom issues of mutual interest. IAB teachers can also benefit from various ERC teacher education programs.
  • 6. What is Profile Shaping Education (PSE)?

    PSE is a framework that empowers students of all levels, especially secondary school and college graduates, with a profile needed for success and excellence in modern life. The profile embodies major traits of accomplished people in the workplace and daily life, while it respects the local vision for education, and local culture and heritage. It empowers students to become paradigmatic, productive, proactive and principled, hence the name "4-P profile". Please click here to download an article about PSE.
  • 7. How does IAB empower students with the 4-P profile?

    The 4-P profile is reified in IAB in the form of measurable learning outcomes that are defined in accordance with the PSE taxonomy for seven core fields (physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, geography, Arabic, and English or French), and other optional fields. The outcomes focus on common cross-disciplinary patterns in knowledge structure and habits of mind and practice that are critical for meaningful learning of course materials, as well as for lifelong learning and success in modern life.
  • 8. What is PSE taxonomy?

    PSE offers a novel, cross-disciplinary, four-dimensional taxonomy of measurable learning outcomes (epistemic, cognitive, behavioral and metacognitive outcomes) which students may efficiently develop in the context of a limited number of systems in every educational field. The epistemic dimension covers, in five facets, the scope and structure of a given system. Each of the cognitive, behavioral and metacognitive dimensions covers five facets or categories of reasoning skills, dexterities and dispositions, respectively. Please click here to download an article about the taxonomy.
  • 9. How are IAB learning outcomes ascertained?

    IAB relies on authentic assessment to ascertain the extent to which individual students develop the learning outcomes that characterize the 4-P profile, and, subsequently, to guide instruction for meaningful learning of course materials. Design and delivery of IAB assessments benefit from latest advances in measurement research and technology, and from various ERC resources, including the IAB e-platform.
  • 10. What is the IAB e-platform?

    IAB e-platform is a unique electronic platform currently deployed for authentic assessment in all educational fields, and will eventually be developed into an e-learning platform. It includes thousands of items, of various types and forms, for various IAB fields. Items are designed according to particular PSE protocols and specifications to ascertain IAB learning outcomes, to properly interpret student performance on those items, and to track the evolution of individual students' profiles throughout the years.
  • 11. Would IAB students have to follow two different curricula?

    IAB students follow only their existing school curricula. IAB does not impose any rigid program of study or any textbook on participating schools. Instead, IAB infuses harmony within diversity, and enriches existing curricula with IAB learning outcomes that lead to the development of the 4-P profile within the context of these curricula.
  • 12. Does IAB require students to do additional homework?

    IAB requires no additional homework. However, it works on improving the quality of assignments to promote meaningful learning of course materials.
  • 13. Does the IAB diploma require specific exit exams?

    IAB relieves students, parents and teachers from the stress of exit exams. The IAB diploma is granted, based on cross-disciplinary projects, and formative and summative assessments that teachers prepare and administer in grades 10, 11 and 12 (and eventually K-12) using the IAB e-platform. A common comprehensive exam is also administered, for partial credit, at all accredited schools in Grade 12.
  • 14. Why was grade 10 chosen for the initial implementation of IAB?

    IAB was launched beginning with Grade 10 because secondary school education is most critical for preparation to higher education and the workplace, and because of the urgency for change in the transition from school to university. In a few years, IAB will cover K-12 in general education, and eventually other forms and levels of education.
  • 15. How can a student enroll in IAB?

    IAB is a school-based program. Students cannot enroll individually in IAB. Once a school is granted accreditation, all of its students become automatically enrolled in IAB.
  • 16. Can students transfer from an IAB accredited school to a non IAB accredited school and vice versa?

    IAB is designed to empower students with a profile for success in various aspects of modern life, and excellence in school achievement. As such, and because IAB does not impose any rigid curriculum, it allows students to easily transfer from one school to another, whether or not a school is an IAB accredited school.
  • 17. Can any school qualify for IAB?

    ERC has set reasonable requirements for school accreditation. Any school that operates in a way to help students develop the 4-P profile promoted by IAB may get accredited. ERC may also assist an interested school that does not meet accreditation criteria to bring itself up to scale.
  • 18. How can a school get accredited for IAB?

    A school goes through a 5-phase process to ensure that it meets necessary accreditation criteria. The process begins with a "Qualification for Application" phase where a school can determine, almost on its own, whether or not it qualifies to apply for accreditation. Once the first phase criteria are fulfilled, a school can apply for "Candidacy", and then "Provisional Accreditation", before it moves on to the "Accreditation" phase and then "Deployment" preparations.
  • 19. Are there any IAB fees?

    ERC subsidies IAB to a large extent. Schools and students contribute their nominal share with affordable fees. Interested schools can learn about these fees upon application for accreditation
  • 20. How is IAB quality guaranteed?

    IAB is strict on quality assurance. All school aspects related to IAB are continuously monitored to ensure that all matters are properly implemented. IAB is keen on working with all accredited schools in the spirit of partnership and common ownership of this unique initiative. Quality is also guaranteed through continuous research and consultation with international consultants and concerned organizations.
  • 21. Where is IAB recognized?

    ERC is working to have IAB recognized by major universities, governments and concerned accreditation agencies in the Arab World and elsewhere, especially in Europe, America and Australia. Recognition procedures are already under way to ensure formal recognition of IAB just around the time when the IAB diploma will be granted for the first time in 2013 to Grade 12 graduates.