2019 IB DP: Thailand Above the Global Average

Students from 29 schools in Thailand celebrate an average score of 32.46 in the IBDP, well above the global average of 29.62 and a considerable increase on last year's country average.
2019 IB DP: Thailand Above the Global Average
By Carli Allan
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More than 1,000 students from across Thailand received their International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and Career-related Programme (IBCP) today. They join 1.85 million graduates in 152 countries who have successfully completed and been awarded the qualifications.

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 SchoolPrem 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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We will update this article with results from Thailand’s schools as we receive them.

Bangkok Patana School

• Average score: 35
• Pass rate: 97%
• Top score: 45

Bangkok Patana School celebrated some excellent IB results: the average score for the class of 2019 was a very high 35, and three students out of a cohort of 123 scored a perfect 45, achieved by only 278 students worldwide. 5% of the class scored 43 or higher, and 14% scored 40 or higher.

Regents International School Pattaya

• 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.” 

NIST International School

• Average score: 34.9
• Pass rate: 95.8%
• Top score: 43
• No. students achieved 40 points and above: 19.8%
• No. students achieved 38 points and above: 32.9%
• No. students achieved bilingual diploma: 44.2%

At NIST International School, the cohort of 100 students achieved a high average score of 34.9 and the top score was 43. Based on its 2019 performance, the school's eight-year average score is 35.

Regent's International School

• Average score: 33

The 2019 cohort at Regent's International School graduated with an average score of 33 and 12% of Regent’s students scored 40 points or more.

Garden International School Eastern Seaboard

• Average score: 31
• Pass rate: 93%
• Top score: 42
• No. students achieved 40 points and above: 17%

At Garden International School Eastern Seaboard students scored an average of 31, lower than last year's score of 35, and there was a 93% pass rate. The highest score was 42 and 17% of students achieved 40 points or higher, compared to 27% last year.

Prem Tinsulanonda International School

• Average score: 34

St Andrews International School (Green Valley)

• Average score: 34
• Pass rate: 100%

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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.

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