This workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to know more about the IB’s new evaluation process, for example:
- IB Diploma Programme Coordinators who have just completed training and want to know more of what to expect when it comes to the evaluation
- DP Coordinators who know that they have the evaluation coming up and who wish to know more about how to conduct it
- Teachers or administrators in DP schools who wish to know more about the process
People from outside the IB who wish to know about the process may also be interested, but it must be stressed that the emphasis of the workshop is on the practicalities of the evaluation, not the theoretical underlay.
The emphasis of the workshop is on preparing participants for the evaluation, so that by the end of it they will have a clear idea of what is required. The evaluation itself is a process that takes up to a year, and ideally is fitted into an ongoing pattern of school reflection and evaluation. Thus it is not the aim of the workshop to complete the evaluation process with participants. However, throughout the module there are exercises which will generate useful material for the evaluation when it comes. In the last few years IB’s 5-year evaluation / review procedure has been completely revised, so previous experience is not of any great assistance.
It is assumed that each participant has some experience of the IB Diploma and its procedures, as Diploma Programme Coordinator, administrator or teacher, and it is helpful if they have access to the IB Online Curriculum Centre (OCC).
It is not necessary that participants have taken part in a previous evaluation (5-year review), or in an authorization.
Module 1 – Introduction
This introduces participants to the 5-year evaluation [which has in the past been called the 5-year review] for the Diploma Programme. It aims to give initial answers to the questions listed below:
- What is the 5-year evaluation?
- When is it required?
- What is involved?
- Who is involved?
- How do I get started?
- How much work is required?
Modules 2 – 4 then examine in greater detail the various Steps involved in the evaluation process, as outlined by the IB in the Programme evaluation guide and self-study questionnaire: Diploma Programme.
Module 2 – Steps of the evaluation – Part 1
In this module, participants are introduced to the first 2 steps of the evaluation.
Step 1 – During the period under review
- Monitor the school action plan through analysis of evidence of progress.
- Comply with teacher professional development requirements.
The IB’s concept of ‘action plan’ is examined and explained, along with the requirements for professional developments.
Step 2 – Planning the self-study
- Identify groups responsible for answering the different sections
- Define a schedule to achieve the evaluation objectives
- Define descriptors for degrees of implementation of practices
- Identify means by which the information will be gathered (e.g. meetings, surveys)
The evaluation is based on a school self-study. In this process various stakeholders – teachers, administrators, governors, and students are consulted as to how they feel the school is performing on the IB’s Programme Standards and Practices. The IB provides a template for their reflections on this to be reported, and the results of the study are sent to the IB along with a significant number of supporting documents.
Module 3 – Steps of the evaluation – Part 2
The self-study is the largest part of the work for the evaluation. Its planning has been described in module 2. Module 3 goes into more detail of how the study should be conducted and what supporting documents are required.
Step 3 – Self-study
- Implement actions to gather information
- Gather supporting documents
- Complete self-study questionnaire
Module 4 – Steps of the evaluation – Part 3, and finishing off
This module examines the final practicalities of completing and submitting the self-study questionnaire, and examines next steps. In the MYP and the PYP an evaluation visit is always required. However, for the DP it may be that all is required is for an evaluator to make a report based on the documentation presented. The workshop finishes with some final exercises designed to help with preparation for the 5-year evaluation.
- Submit self-study questionnaire and supporting documents to IB office
- Organize evaluation visit if school has been identified by the IB to carry it out
Step 5 – Evaluation visit to the school, (if applicable)
Step 6 – IB report to the school
The report may contain:
- Matters to be addressed