To our IB Students and Families,
Publicerad 27 mars 2020
As previously announced The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. (See attached letter that was sent out on the 23rd of March).
We have now received information from the IBO on how the final grades will be determined:
From the IBO message: 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.
All student coursework and associated predicted grades will be uploaded by the school before 20 April. This supersedes any information or extension agreements in place.
For our graduating students in the IB this means that the work you have sent in for your Internal Assessments will now instead be assessed externally. If there is work missing, you really must submit it immediately! We realise that many of you have been studying hard for the final exams and were expecting to perform very well in them, and that it is a huge disappointment not being allowed to sit them. However, you are in this situation together with all other IB Diploma students worldwide! Since Hvitfeldtska has a long-standing record with the IBO of mostly accurate grade predictions and moderation factors, we think that under current circumstances the method that IBO has chosen will be fair overall towards our students.
Please refer to https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/ for more detailed information.
On Thursday afternoon, our IB Coordinator James Du Priest will be in direct contact with the regional office in the Hague to gather more information about what this means for the remainder of the semester. Subject retake candidates that were carrying forward previous Internal Assessment Marks must either defer to a future session or withdraw.
Peter Park Larsson, IB Principal