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International Baccalaureate School Transformation Research System (STaRS) (2012)


The International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization is a school development organization founded in 1963 that works with over 3100 schools in 140 countries. These schools offer one or more of the four rigorous, engaging IB programs to students from pre-K through high school graduation. To continuously improve their practices in the context of very rapid growth, the IB organization engaged in a series of projects to review and strengthen their core services, using external organizations as a resource. In this case, the focus was on measuring school transformation.


About the Project

NCREST, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Institute of Education, assisted IBO to develop a system for ongoing collection of data from schools on their process of transformation as a result of becoming IB schools. To this end, we identified and/or created data-collection tools that could be deployed at certain points in a school's relationship with the IB, e.g. when they first express interest in becoming an IB school, when they finish authorization, and two years post-authorization. The resulting data could be periodically analyzed and shared within the IB or used in studies with a particular focus.

 NCREST’s work on this project included the following: 

  • A review of the literature on school transformation as well as on ways that it can be measured.
  • The development of a framework for the School Transformation Research System (STaRS).
  • Identification of existing data and data collection capability and tools already in use within the IB system.
  • Selection of existing data collection tools from IBO or other sources.
  • Development of a reporting and research template development for use with data generated by the system. 

For more information, contact Elisabeth Barnett at

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