International Baccalaureate: State Programs and Funding for IB Teacher Training

International Baccalaureate: State Programs and Funding for IB Teacher Training

Why does it matter?
  • Teachers (and ultimately students) benefit when states provide opportunities and financial resources to help teachers gain the knowledge and skills needed to ensure student success in IB courses.

  • Seven states provide IB-specific training and/or funds for IB teachers to participate in IB professional development opportunities.

  • States with no written policy in this area do not appear below.

    Sources for all data points are accessible through this link.

    What is International Baccalaureate? For more details on the IB program, please refer to this summary for state policymakers or visit the IB Web site.

    Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

    Last update: August 20, 2007

    This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or

State programs and funding for IB teacher training
Alabama No
Alaska No
Arizona Yes. The Options for Excellence program at Arizona State University provides IB teacher mentoring and training.
Arkansas Yes. An IB teacher may apply for a grant of up to $650 to cover the costs of tuition, expenses and material of approved training programs. A teacher assigned to teach more than one IB course may apply for more than one teacher training stipend. Priority for grant awards will be given teachers who have not been previously trained. An IB teacher must attend the training required by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).

In addition, a student may receive a weighted grade in an IB course only if the IB course teacher attends the training required by the IBO.
California Yes. The superintendent of public instruction annually allocates to each district, for each public high school or middle school offering an IB program, up to $25,000 to cover professional development costs and IB test fees. Grants must "be increased annually by a cost-of-living adjustment, based on the same percentage increase that is provided to the revenue limits of unified school districts with 2,501 or more units of average daily attendance."

In addition, districts offering the IB diploma program must annually report to the state department of education the number of teachers in the district "attending training programs offered by the International Baccalaureate North America, Inc." and participating in pre-IB support programs, as well as the amount of money the district spent to provide or participate in such programs.
Colorado No
Connecticut No
Delaware No
District of Columbia No
Florida No. The Florida Partnership for Minority and Underrepresented Student Achievement is mandated to provide Advanced Placement (AP) and other advanced course teachers of minority and underrepresented students with training and professional development in content knowledge and instructional skills. However, the partnership does not offer training specific to IB.
Georgia No. However, gifted students in IB courses may be counted at the gifted weight only if certain criteria are met, including that the teacher either has a gifted endorsement OR has been trained by the International Baccalaureate Program in his/her IB subject area and has fulfilled additional training on teaching gifted students.
Hawaii No
Idaho No
Illinois No
Indiana No
Iowa No
Kansas No
Kentucky No
Louisiana No
Maine No
Maryland No
Massachusetts No
Michigan No
Minnesota Yes. Statute authorizes the state to "pay a portion of the tuition, room, board, and out-of-state travel costs a teacher or other interested educator incurs in participating in a training program." Teachers must apply for scholarships to participate in IB training programs. The state is also to provide support programs during the school year for IB teachers who attended the training programs and for teachers experienced in teaching IB courses. Support programs must "provide teachers with opportunities to share instructional ideas with other teachers. The state may pay the costs of participating in the support programs, including substitute teachers, if necessary, and program affiliation costs." 2007 H.F. 2245 provides that "at least $500,000 each year is for teachers to attend subject matter summer training programs and follow-up support workshops approved by the advanced placement or international baccalaureate programs." The commissioner of education must annually report to the education committees of the legislature the number of teachers in each district attending IB training programs and participating in support programs.

State policy treats AP and IB teacher training, support programs and subsidies for exam scores the same. 2007 H.F. 2245 directs that the AP program and IB program receive 75% and 25% of the appropriation each year, respectively. "The [state] department [of education], in consultation with representatives of the advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs selected by the Advanced Placement Advisory Council and IBMN, respectively, shall determine the amounts of the expenditures each year for examination fees and training and support programs for each program."

Funds from the competitive grant program to expand AP access may be used for teacher training to better serve students, "including low-income and other disadvantaged students," participating in IB courses or programs, or to "hire appropriately licensed personnel to teach additional" IB courses or programs.
Mississippi Yes. Statute provides that a school offering the IB program may "participate in teacher training and program funding on the same basis as any high school offering advanced placement courses."
Missouri No
Montana No
Nebraska No
Nevada No
New Hampshire No
New Jersey No
New Mexico No
New York No
North Carolina No
North Dakota No
Ohio No
Oklahoma Yes. Statute authorizes the state board of education to award schools subsidized training for IB courses. According to the state department of education Web site, the department trains almost 1,500 teachers and counselors annually in AP and IB instruction and provides course guidelines aligned with the state curriculum.
Oregon No
Pennsylvania No
Rhode Island No
South Carolina No
South Dakota No
Tennessee No
Texas Yes. An IB or pre-IB teacher may receive a subsidy of up to $450 for teacher training endorsed or sponsored by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
Utah No
Vermont No
Virginia No
Washington No
West Virginia No
Wisconsin No
Wyoming No
Puerto Rico No

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