A concerned IB parent has brought this situation to our attention:
In response to the Coronavirus, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) canceled all 2020 final examinations. In their place, a logarithm was substituted which assigned students their final course scores based on teacher-predicted grades, coursework, and historical data.
The results of this logarithmic grading system have sparked cries of injustice as many graduating students across the globe claim to have received surprisingly unexpected, lowered grades, putting their university plans in jeopardy.
A parent reports: “It has been an ongoing, harrowing situation for students who have been left shell-shocked and ‘lost’ in an already chaotic Covid-19 environment. Look beyond the higher-global average grades boasted on some school websites and you will find individual stories that warrant investigation.”
The major contention by dissatisfied IB school coordinators is that the IBO calculated grades in a manner focused on maintaining global statistical trends at the expense of individual students and did so with a lack of transparency. In other words, in the midst of a global pandemic it is alleged the IBO put their own image above the future of IB students.
A parent reports: “As a parent who has entrusted the assessment of my children’s academic potential to the IBO, I am particularly troubled by the fact that the IBO has prioritized the needs of institutions over individuals in the methods it has used for generating final grades for students this year.
The IBO needs to stop hiding its inadequacies and uncertainties behind a questionable algorithm which has clearly failed to recognize the individual achievements of thousands upon thousands of students. None of us should be satisfied by the assertion that “many” or “most” candidates did receive grades that they consider to be fair, because that is simply not good enough.
EVERY IB diploma candidate deserves fair grades – or at least, they deserve the benefit of the doubt when it comes to grades which can make or break their future careers. Parents all over the world have sacrificed the best years of their lives trying to provide what they believe are the best educational opportunities for their children. The IBO has a moral responsibility to families who have trusted and supported the IB Diploma Program and IB World Schools throughout the years.
The IBO needs to publicly acknowledge its own mistakes so that universities can officially and systematically make the necessary adjustments to their conditional offers to M20 IB candidates. This may involve sacrificing some of the credibility of the IB this year, but that would still be better than destroying the futures of thousands of students and their families. Here in Switzerland, schools are appealing to the IBO. Some schools are openly stating their disappointment. My school, The American School in Switzerland (TASIS) is one such school. A Look at the 2020 IB Assessments.”
A concerned parent
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