The source of information for this article is based on the International Baccalaureate Organisation's official website.

A leader in international education, the International Baccalaureate (IB) cultivates young people who are inquisitive, knowledgeable, confident, and caring. The IB programmes enabled school-aged students to take charge of their own learning and supported the development of future-ready skills that will enable them to thrive in a world that is undergoing rapid change. In the IB, they offer a continuum of international education for students aged 3 to 19 through four challenging and high quality educational programmes. The programmes offered are as follows: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), and the Career-related Programme

The reasons that IB’s programmes are different from other curricula are that they encourage critical thinking and questioning of presumptions in students of all ages and challenge assumptions; develop independently of government and national systems and incorporate quality practises from research and the IB’s global network of schools; encourage students of all ages to consider regional and international contexts; and develop multilingual students. 

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In the PYP, it offers an inquiry-based, transdisciplinary curriculum framework that fosters conceptual understanding and is a 3- to 12-year-old student-centred educational strategy. This reflects the top educational research, thought leadership, and experience acquired from IB World Schools. As the programme for students aged 11 to 16, the MYP is a challenging framework that encourages students to apply what they learn in the classroom to the real world. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to enrol in the DP and CP. 

The International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP and MYP student performance on the International Schools' Assessment (ISA) was compared with non-IB students from the same ISA cohorts in the study done by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). The ISA, which covers reading, mathematical literacy, narrative writing, expository writing, and scientific literacy, was developed for students in international schools in grades 3 through 10. This study also examined how the results of grade 9 and 10 MYP students compared with Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) means. 

Results showed that the PYP and MYP students outperformed students from non-IB schools in a number of grade levels in the ISA assessment areas 

Furthermore, the MYP students’ ISA mean scores in all three domains (mathematical literacy, reading, and scientific literacy) were significantly higher than the PISA mean scores. Consistent with previous research (Tan and Bibby 2010; Tan and Bibby 2012), these results offer compelling evidence that PYP and MYP students in international schools perform well academically, even when measured against a group of students with similar academic achievements.

To know more about this research on performance on the International Schools' Assessment for PYP and MYP (2021), feel free to click this PDF.

As a vibrant Early Years to Grade 12 international school, IGB International School (IGBIS) provides a dynamic, innovative, and inclusive learning environment where students are challenged to excel in both their learning and personal growth. An International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, IGBIS is the only school in Malaysia authorised to offer the full continuum of IB programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), and the Career-related Programme

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