School Performance

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NIST has earned a reputation for academic excellence, and our students continually outperform national, regional and global averages in the standard IB diploma examinations and SAT. The graduating Class of 2014 posted exceptional results in the IB DP exams, setting a record average score of 36, with 41% of the students earning 38 or more points, and 28% earning 40 or more points. Comparatively, only 9% and 5% of test takers worldwide achieved those same levels. Similarly, the Class of 2015 achieved averages well above many of their peers, bringing NIST’s three-year average to 35. This is particularly notable in that it is the highest average among any large cohort in Thailand with nearly the full class enrolled in the DP each year.

NIST Academic Results Summary

 

IB Diploma Examination Results: 2005-2015

As an IB World School, NIST offers students in Years 12-13 the opportunity to pursue the IB Diploma, a high school qualification that is recognized by universities around the world. All students who choose to pursue the diploma must take the standardized IB examinations, administered by the IB. NIST students have traditionally excelled in these exams, posting scores well above the global averages, and often leading other schools in the region.

 20132014201520164-Year Average
Class Size
98
87
98
111
99
Students in DP
90
80
86
94
88
IB Diplomas Awarded
87
79
84
91
85
NIST Pass Rate
96.7%
98.8%
97.7%
96.8%
97.5%
Global Pass Rate
79.0%
79.3%
80.8%
79.7%
NIST Average Score
35
36
34
34
35
Global Average Score
30.0
30.1
30.2
30.1
NIST % of Bilingual Diplomas
42%
49%
47%
54.9%
48%
Global % of Bilingual Diplomas
28.23%
28.61%
28.51%
28.45%

 

SAT Results: 2012-2015

The SAT is a standardized examination offered to college-bound students worldwide, and a SAT score is required by many universities in order to complete the admissions process. Two key areas, math and reading, are measured, with an optional essay portion (as of 2016). Global averages remain relatively consistent at approximately 500 in each area. (See the College Board’s full results from 1972 to 2015 here.) NIST seniors consistently outperform these averages in both math and reading.

 2012201320142015
NIST Critical Reading Average
535
574
560
550
Global Critical Reading Average
496
496
497
495
NIST Math Average
600
620
622
612
Global Math Average
514
514
513
511

 

The Global Citizen Diploma

An optional qualification that students may choose to pursue during their high school years, the GCD allows students to reflect on learning experiences that are not traditionally measured through the IB programme. These reflections are reviewed and approved by a panel of staff members according to a standard set of expectations, allowing the students to earn recognition for their accomplishments in a wide variety of areas.

In the 2014-2015 school year, the first in which the GCD was offered, four NIST students received the GCD certificate, seven the full diploma and two the full diploma with distinction. Similarly, many members of the Class of 2016 are on track to receive one of the three by June of 2016.

 

University Guidance & Acceptances

Each year approximately 90% of NIST graduates matriculate abroad, while the remaining 10% choose to study at universities in Thailand. A few seniors occasionally embark on a gap year, obtaining work placements, or complete their military service if so required by their home countries.

At NIST we begin the college guidance process in students’ first year of high school and work closely with them to select universities that are a good match. The guidance programme includes dozens of visits from university representatives each year; information sessions for students and parents; and a clear, transparent process that allows universities to trust that they are receiving serious applications from our students.

As a result of this careful planning, NIST students have been accepted to every one of the top 100 universities worldwide, and NIST alumni can be found in dozens of countries around the globe.

Family Survey Results

In 2015 we launched a revised, comprehensive family survey that will be tracked from year to year. Assessing major areas of the school—including quality of teaching, quality of learning, leadership and learning environment among others—the survey uses Likert scale items to gauge overall parent agreement in each area. The data was also analyzed in SPSS, enabling us to identify trends and predicators that can be integrated into the school’s strategic initiatives.

The 2015 survey results indicated overall strong support among the parent community. On a scale of one to six, with one being strongly disagree and six being strongly agree, each area of assessment averaged at least 4.7:

  • Quality of teaching: 5.0 out of 6.0
  • Quality of learning: 5.2 out of 6:0
  • Leadership: 5.0 out of 6:0
  • Learning environment: 5.6 out of 6.0
  • Communication: 4.7 out of 6.0
  • Technology: 4.8 out of 6.0
  • Extra-curricular Activities: 4.9 out of 6.0
  • Community: 5.1 out of 6.0
  • Overall satisfaction: 5.2 out of 6.0

In the comments section, parents consistently identified several aspects of NIST that they most valued: the school’s diversity and openness, strong community feel, teachers and leadership, and caring and safe environment.

Download the full 2015 NIST Family Survey Report.