IB body de­fends ‘fair and ro­bust’ eval­u­a­tion af­ter thou­sands com­plain about their grades

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Thou­sands of In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate pupils have asked for re­assess­ments of their re­sults af­ter re­ceiv­ing scores far be­low their pre­dicted grades.

More than 3,000 teenagers signed a pe­ti­tion ask­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion that over­sees the In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate to re-eval­u­ate pupils’ re­sults for free.

But the IBO said the grades were awarded fairly.

On July 6, more than 170,000 pupils world­wide re­ceived their IB Diploma and Ca­reer-re­lated pro­gramme re­sults.

The IBO had can­celled the diploma ex­ams be­cause of the Covid-19 pan­demic.

In­stead, pupils’ fi­nal scores were cal­cu­lated based on in­ter­nal school as­sess­ments and pre­dicted grades from teach­ers.

Many pupils com­plained that their fi­nal re­sults were far lower than their pre­dicted grades.

“Tens of thou­sands of pupils who grad­u­ated in May 2020 from the IB DP/CP have re­ceived dis­crim­i­na­tory grades that aren’t a re­flec­tion of ei­ther their IAs [in­ter­nal as­sess­ments] nor their course­work,” read a pe­ti­tion signed by thou­sands of pupils.

“Most pupils saw a de­crease of about six to eight marks from their pre­dicted grades.”

On so­cial me­dia, dis­ap­pointed pupils shared their thoughts with the hash­tag #ib­scan­dal.

Some said their grades dropped by sev­eral points and ac­cused the IBO of not be­ing clear about mark­ing.

“I went from 42 to 33. My dream univer­sity re­scinded my of­fer and I have to pay for the re-take ex­ams,” one pupil wrote on Twit­ter.

“IB scores were a joke this year,” tweeted an­other pupil. “Peo­ple can brush it off, as­sum­ing we’re just mad be­cause we didn’t get the re­sults we wanted.”

An IBO rep­re­sen­ta­tive told The Na­tional the fi­nal grades were based on pupils’ course­work through­out the two-year pro­grammes, pre­dicted grades pro­vided by schools and his­toric assess­ment data.

For the sub­jects in which pupils would nor­mally sit ex­ams, re­sults from pre­vi­ous years were an­a­lysed to de­ter­mine the cor­re­la­tion be­twe en course­work, pre­dicted grades and fi­nal marks.

The IBO rep­re­sen­ta­tive said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had lis­tened to IB pupils, teach­ers and schools around the world since the re­sults were re­leased on July 6.

“[We] un­der­stand there have been mixed emo­tions and dis­ap­point­ment ex­pressed by some,” the rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

“The IB is con­fi­dent that it has awarded grades in the fairest and most ro­bust way pos­si­ble in the ab­sence of ex­am­i­na­tions, and the grades awarded to pupils are of equal value to those awarded in any other year.”

Pupils can ask for re­grad­ing. This year’s av­er­age diploma score is 29.90 points, up from 29.62 in 2019.

More than 3,000 teenagers signed a pe­ti­tion ask­ing for a reeval­u­a­tion of re­sults

Pupils study for their IB ex­ams Reem Mo­hammed / The Na­tional

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