Globally, students from 2,950 schools achieved an average IB Diploma score of 29.62, compared with 29.8 in 2018. The minimum point requirement for the award of the Diploma is 23 points with the highest award of 45 points. In Thailand, students from 29 schools achieved an average of 32.46 – well above the global average and considerably higher than the 2018 Thailand average of 29.78.
The two-year IBDP programme is currently offered at 19 international schools in Thailand, including five that are full IB schools. A total of 1,053 students in Thailand participated in the exams, which were held in May 2019. In the Asia Pacific region, there has been a 5% increase on the number of students taking the IB since 2018.
In Thailand, the IBDP is taken at international schools including: Ascot International School, Bangkok Patana School, British International School, Phuket, Concordian International School, Garden International School, International School Bangkok, International School Eastern Seaboard, KIS International School, NIST International School, Pan-Asia International School, Prem Tinsulanonda International School, Regents International School Pattaya, Ruamrudee International School, St Andrews International School, Bangkok, St. Andrews International School, Green Valley, St. Andrews International School, Sukhumvit 107, Regent's International School, UWC Thailand International School, and Wells International School.
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• Average score: 31
• Pass rate: 88%
• Top score: 40
• No. students achieved the bilingual diploma: 14
The 2019 cohort at Regents International School Pattaya graduated with an average score of 31, which is slightly lower than last year's average score of 33 but still above the global average. The top score at this non-selective Nord Anglia school was 40.
Principal Sarah Osborne-James said: "Amid the fantastic results, 14 students earned prestigious bilingual diplomas studying courses in Croatian, Korean, Thai, Chinese, German, Hindi and Russian. We also had incredible scores of 39 and 40 points for three students. This is the level required to gain admission to the world’s elite universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard and Stanford.”
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Dr Siva Kumari, the IB’s director general, said: “I extend heartfelt congratulations to students worldwide receiving their results today. They have shown a thirst for knowledge, a determination to succeed and a conviction in their ability to take on their next best step equipped with high quality preparation.
“Higher education institutions and employers alike are telling us we need young people who can collaborate, communicate and think critically while creating new knowledge. Research suggests that an IB diploma prepares students with these skills. Our alumni are addressing the challenges humanity face with open-minds and creativity. I wish this year’s graduates all the best for the future and for making our world better”.
Set up originally in the 1950s to offer a transferable education for Diplomats working for the UN, the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP) and the more recently added Career-related Programme (CP) – which is often linked with other external vocational qualifications – have increased in popularity around the world in recent years.
This year, some 623,000 exam papers in 72 languages were marked worldwide by over 13,700 examiners who followed internationally bench-marked grading criteria across subjects to ensure consistency.