The International Baccalaureate Organization Cancels May IB Diploma Exams

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) announced that the worldwide final IB Diploma exams for students in grade 12, scheduled for May 2020, will not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the IB will award Diplomas based on student’s coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor, and quality control already built into the two-year program.

Dear Alto Families,

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that Alto’s senior students will not take the IB exams, which were scheduled between April 30 and May 22, 2020.

In a statement earlier this week, the IB says that it is critical to ensure that the options it provides its global community of IB World Schools are based on compassion and fairness for the difficult circumstances that its students and educators are experiencing. As a result, based on considerable advice from stakeholders across the globe, including schools, students, universities and official bodies, the IB has determined what it believes to be the most responsible and ethical way forward.

The IB Diploma Programme is a two-year program, which culminates in worldwide administered exams at the end of senior year. All of Alto’s junior and senior students are enrolled in this program and while the cancelation of the May exams does not affect Alto’s class of 2021, it means that our current senior students, class of 2020, will not take the final exams before moving on to college. Instead, the IB will award Diplomas, which reflects students’ standard of work. This is based on student’s coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the program. The IB will share full details and FAQs with schools on their website by March 27, 2020.

Universities in the United States and around the world already have a deep understanding of the rigorous IB programs and know how well it prepares students to continue their education at those institutions. While our students, who have worked hard to prepare for these exams, might be disappointed about the cancelation of the exams, we know that they are ready for college and life beyond.

Alto’s class of 2020 is considering a wide range of colleges in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Australia, and we are excited that many of our senior students have already received offers from U.S. colleges. The final college acceptance list for U.S. and international colleges for the class of 2020 will be available this summer.

Siva Kumari, director general of the International Baccalaureate (IB) said in an interview this week, “I believe that coming together during this crisis – as it is doing for so many families, friends, and communities – will strengthen a lifetime bond that IB students share with one another. The international IB community is going to come through this shared hardship better equipped than ever to help the world meet its challenges in the coming years.” We encourage you to read the full interview on the IB website.

For any questions, please contact Alex Norwood, Alto’s IB diploma coordinator.

Thank you and stay well.

Drew Alexander, Head of School & Alex Norwood, IB Diploma Coordinator

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