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The best way for universities to get ready for DP curriculum changes

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Some new developments are underway in the IB Diploma Programme (DP) mathematics curriculum with the a new course beginning for Year 1 DP students in 2019. Rachelle Bernadel, the IB’s University Relations Administrator for North America, works with institutions to make sure they stay up-to-date.

By Rachelle Bernadel 

To maintain the quality of our programmes, all Diploma Programme (DP) curriculums are reviewed on a seven-year teaching cycle to ensure that each is fit for purpose in a changing world and incorporates the latest educational research and lessons learned from a thorough evaluation of the existing curriculum. Currently, the Group 5 Math courses have just undergone review for first school teaching in September 2019 and first students with this new coursework will be on university campuses in 2021.

In 2018, nearly 100,000 students collectively took IB mathematics courses. We believe that universities and other higher education institions are well  positioned to help create new policies for the updated math changes that will support this growing number of students. The University Recognition Team is prepared to support your system-wide implementation.

What’s the best way to do get an update on the changes? Connect with us. Click below to access the new IB mathematics subject guides and get more information on updating your IB math policy and accessing updated curriculum information.

As more and more students are graduating from IB programmes, we want to thank our university, government and other higher education partners for making their campuses competitive places where our graduates enroll and succeed. I look forward to guiding North American institutions through the changes and I encourage you to connect with me directly.

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Based in the IB Global Centre in Washington, DC, Rachelle Bernadel is the University Relations Administrator for North America and also a graduate of the Diploma Programme (DP). She works closely with university admissions officers and faculty on IB recognition issues providing them with the tools to make informed decisions on campus. She is committed to serving counselors and coordinators working with diverse groups of students through the college admissions process.

Read more about curriculum updates in the stories below:

Mathematics in the 21st Century: For employers and universities alike, critical thinking in mathematics is becoming an increasingly valued skill, especially as technology advances.

Maths curriculum changes: The new curriculum will build skills of analysis, abstraction and generalisation, risk awareness and statistical literacy, algorithmic thinking and more.

Language and literature courses: The new Diploma Programme (DP) studies in language and literature courses are due to be taught for the first time in 2019, with the first assessment in 2021.