ERIC Number: EJ1159382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
The International Baccalaureate Career Programme: A Case Study of College and Career Readiness Policy Goals
Lakes, Richard D.; Donovan, Martha K.
Journal of Education Policy, v33 n1 p62-84 2018
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is noted in school reform policy circles as the gold standard of academic excellence. While the presence of IB as a sought-after education vendor has grown in the past decade, the organization has attempted to shake off its image as an elite agency serving only private international schools with its longstanding liberal arts curriculum. As such its turn toward the public sector in the United States with a credential for vocational students appears perplexing and out of step with its product brand, but the newer Career Programme (CP) is marketed as meeting the needs of applied learners in secondary schools. This paper offers a case study of two schools in one US state that adopted the CP, generating IB school enrollments from among talented vocational students while elevating its ranking on the college and career readiness (CCR) score, an annual assessment of postsecondary success. The CCR policy reformers advocate curricular improvements so that all students receive the academic foundations and employability skills needed to thrive in the new economy. Yet the egalitarian discourse of CCR could not be attended to using the CP. In this case study only high-achieving students were advised to participate and enroll in the program.
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Educational Policy, Excellence in Education, Reputation, Marketing, Career Readiness, Student Needs, Secondary School Students, College Readiness, Employment Qualifications, Vocational Education, Enrollment Trends, Case Studies, High Achievement, Semi Structured Interviews, Observation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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