The new petition has been launched on the change.org website and follows reports of many students receiving grades far below their teachers predictions. A substantial number of students have failed the IB diploma completely having been predicted high grades.
When the IBO decided to cancel the IB exams in March with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic the organisation said that it would use a combination of teacher predicted grades, historic data and students coursework to calculate grades. The IB also opted to take in and mark student internal assessments such as coursework rather than use teacher-assigned marks for these as is usual. More than 170,000 students around the world were due to take the IB exams this May.
The change.org petition was started in the UK by student Ali Zagmout who said:
“So far what we’ve seen is a great deal of injustice; many students around the world got significantly lower final grades than what whey were predicted. Essentially the IB has lowered some students by up to 12 points! This is the first time in the history of the IB that we see such substantial differences between the predicted grades and the final grades on a large scale, considering that the IB examiners had no real grounds to evaluate and assign us our grades other than marking our coursework.”
The IBO says that it understands there have been ‘mixed emotions’ regarding the outcomes this year and that it used students’ coursework, school predicted grades and historic assessment data to calculate grades for this year.
A spokesperson said:
“Prior to the attribution of final grades this process was subjected to rigorous testing by educational statistical specialists to ensure our methods were robust. It was also checked against the last five years’ sets of results data to ensure that it would provide reliable and valid grades for students.”
In Singapore, students at 16 local and international schools completed the IB Diploma Programme this May. So far, seven of those have published their results.
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We will continue to monitor and report on this story as it develops.