A study of indicators discriminating between the recipients and non -recipients of the International Baccalaureate Diploma

Amy Toshiko Tsukuda, Florida International University

Abstract

This study examined relationships among variables in the Pre-International Baccalaureate (Pre-IB) Program admissions criteria and the Pre-IB Program course grades to discriminate between recipient and non recipient groups of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma award. The study involved a multiracial sample of 142 IB Diploma graduates between the years 1992 and 1996 from one IB magnet school. The IB school is located within an urban high school of a predominantly Black student enrollment. A discriminant function analysis found that the highest correlations between predictors and the discriminant function were 9th- and 10th-grade mathematics and 10th-grade science course grades. Ninth-grade course grades of science, 9th-grade and 10th-grade course grades of English, foreign language, and social studies, and 7th-grade Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) Reading Comprehension scores were also highly correlated to the discriminant function. The ITBS Battery and subscores of Vocabulary, Total Language, Total Work-Study, and Total Mathematics subscores in seventh grade and a grade point average from language arts, social studies, science, and mathematics in seventh grade were not highly correlated to the discriminant function. Recommendations were presented in the areas of curriculum and instruction, guidance services, student mentoring, and decision-making processes which would parallel the IB examination procedure and thereby enhance the alignment of the IB Program enabling more students to become recipients of the IB Diploma award. ^

Subject Area

Education, Mathematics|Education, Tests and Measurements|Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Recommended Citation

Tsukuda, Amy Toshiko, "A study of indicators discriminating between the recipients and non -recipients of the International Baccalaureate Diploma" (1998). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI9906888.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI9906888

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