Dear Parents and IBDP II Students,
Kindly take note of some important updates from IB which were posted on the IB website (www.ibo.org).
- The DP examinations scheduled between 30 April and 22 May will no longer be held.
- The student will be awarded either a diploma or a course certificate which reflects their standard of work. The achievement will be based around the students’ coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.
- How will the results be calculated? We will be using vast historical assessment data to ensure that we follow a rigorous process of due diligence in what is a truly unprecedent situation. We will be undertaking significant data analysis from previous exam sessions, individual school data, subject data as well as comparative data of schools who have already completed uploading requirements and those who have not. We will require schools to submit the coursework for all candidates. We will externally mark work that is usually marked by teachers, instead of taking samples and applying moderation.
- How will a student be awarded an IB Diploma or Certificate? Using the information above the IB will be able to provide official documentation of the students diploma or certification. We will require schools to submit the coursework for all candidates. We will externally mark work that is usually marked by teachers, instead of taking samples and applying moderation.
- When will results be released? The IB intends to release results to universities/institutions and schools as planned on 5 July 2020. All student coursework and associated predicted grades will need to be uploaded by 20 April, if not sooner, in order to guarantee delivery of results by 5 July.
- Some students perform better in exam conditions than coursework, can we be sure they are not being disadvantaged? We will use a calculation that is based on the relationship between coursework marks, predicted grades and subject grades to estimate the subject grades candidates would have received if the exams had gone ahead. If the relationship between these elements shows that in previous sessions candidates globally tended to achieve higher outcomes on their exams than their coursework, the calculation used this session will reflect that.
- Can I retake if I am unhappy with the result? Yes, students will be able to retake in a future session.
- Are the assessment criteria going to be changed, e.g.: ‘will there be any flexibility in terms of the minimum number of pieces required for the exhibition of the visual arts students? The IB will not change the criteria it assesses or the work that is required to be submitted for assessment. Where an activity is not assessed, for example the DP visual arts exhibitions, schools have discretion to pursue alternative ways of providing this experience.
- What are the deadlines for upload of materials?
In order to award a Diploma or certificate, we will be requiring all schools to upload all internal assessments (IAs) for every candidate enrolled in the May 2020 session except for the DP.
It is critical that schools start preparing to upload these as soon as possible.
Schools who have not yet completed the uploads: will need to upload all the internal assessments (IAs) for all diploma and course candidates.
All schools should enter predicted grades.
All student coursework and associated predicted grades will need to be uploaded by 20 April, if not sooner, in order to guarantee delivery of results by 5 July.
In addition, we are advising schools to upload all completed coursework as soon as they are able to.
- How can we use video conference or video calls for language oral assessments? Due to the evolving nature of the situation for schools, the IB has re-visited this scenario and has created a policy around conducting remote oral activities without the need for physical invigilation. Maintaining academic integrity is paramount in the completion of IB assessment and examinations. Therefore, teachers conducting any of the assessments listed above, must ensure that they are conducted in full adherence to the guidelines described in the relevant subject guides and assessment procedures when trying to replicate the conditions followed when completing such tasks in the school.
- Visual arts exhibitions
A candidate who is unable to set up a formal exhibition due to quarantine issues can instead photograph the artwork they have selected for their exhibition all together as a collection. The collection must include only those pieces that the candidate will submit and upload as individual pieces for assessment. The two images of the collection can be uploaded as exhibition photographs, alongside the individual images of the required number of artworks. The actual set up of the exhibition is not assessed and, in their curatorial rationale, the candidate can refer to how they would have done this.
- How can teachers authenticate work that is being completed remotely?
Academic integrity is a fundamental principle of an IB education and should be embedded throughout the learner journey and school ethos. Teachers should follow normal procedures to authenticate work to the best of their knowledge and reiterate the importance of academic integrity with their students. The IB will undertake additional checks for plagiarism and collusion.
The IB is aware of many tutoring companies across the world offering support to IB World Schools and IB candidates. Other individuals (or even parents) can also offer face-to-face “supporting services”. Both cases are unacceptable as they provide students with “undue assistance”.
- Will universities accept the results? IB will provide university partners with clear information about the assessments that have been conducted during the student's participation in the two years of the DP and CP, and the process by which final marks were determined in this unusual year. We will continue to ensure the validity and the reliability of our assessment protocols. Each university will be able to make informed decisions as they have done in the past about their IB policies regarding admissions, credit granting, advanced standing, and scholarship awards. Students should consult directly with universities to learn about their policies. Universities will be best prepared to support any IB specific queries you might have after that time.