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Legislation Update

The April Legislation Update is now available. Click here for details.

Diploma Review Committee: IB Americas school representative

Diploma Programme (DP) coordinators from IB World Schools are invited to submit letters of application to act as the representative of the Diploma Review Committee for the IB Americas region.

The purpose of the Diploma Review Committee is to ensure the coherence and academic integrity of the DP and its individual components, by reviewing and, where appropriate, granting approval to curriculum and assessment developments of the DP. It makes recommendations about the application of the process of the curriculum review cycle in relation to specific subjects, and recommends the appointment of chief and deputy chief examiners. The committee also oversees the academic aspects of the International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Appointments, for two calendar years in the first instance, are made by invitation from the head of DP development following consultation with the regional office and the chair. It is expected that representatives will generally be experienced educationalists whose attendance is likely to have a beneficial effect on the development of the programme, and on the schools they represent. The ability to scrutinise subject guides in detail is an important aspect of the job. It may be possible to extend an appointment by one year only upon mutual agreement.

The meetings take place twice a year, in March and October. The October meetings will be held in the IB Cardiff office and March meetings in The Hague global centre. The IB will cover all reasonable travel and accommodation expenses, and contributors to the meeting will receive a daily attendance fee.

Please send your application in the form of a letter and accompanying CV to by 30 June 2012.

New Job Posting

A new job posting is now available. Click here for details.

2012 AP Test Fee program - Urgent

The Department has provided the AP Test Fee program with additional funds for fiscal year 2012 to cover the costs of exams for eligible low income students. The funds will allow you to pay for exams that will be administered during the Spring of 2012.

The Department is currently reviewing an updated Federal Register notice to allow us to re-open the grant competition. The updated notice will allow states to pay for the full cost of each advanced placement exam (College Board, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge International), with no limitation on the number of exams per student.

I will contact all state coordinators once we have an estimated publication date and I will schedule several technical assistance calls to answers any questions. Please feel free to contact me if you need further information.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support.

Francisco Ramirez

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