IB results: UK students beat global average

Thousands of students around the world received their IB results on 6 July after the May exams were cancelled due to Covid-19

Data from the International Baccalaureate (IB) shows that Diploma Programme (DP) students in the UK have surpassed the global average in their results.

Thousands of students around the world, including 5,127 UK pupils, received their DP and Career-related Programme (CP) results on 6 July, after the IB committed to ensuring students received their results this month despite the cancellation of the May 2020 exams due to coronavirus.

This year’s students achieved a global average DP score of 29.90 points (out of a possible 45). The UK’s average DP score surpassed this at 34.86, with a pass rate of 94.54%.

The global average has also risen since last year, when it was 29.62.

Dr Siva Kumari, director general at the IB, said: “I would like to share my heartfelt congratulations with all 2020 Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme graduates for their efforts over the last two years. An IB education has always been about more than results and, this year, students have had to deal with a level of global disruption that has never been experienced before.

“An IB education has always been about more than results and, this year, students have had to deal with a level of global disruption that has never been experienced before” – Dr Siva Kumari, director general, International Baccalaureate

“Every IB graduate should be proud of their achievements, not just in reaching this milestone, but in the great flexibility and commitment they have shown in overcoming such obstacles. We know that the IB has prepared them to be better learners for life — to be better, more critical thinkers, better at formulating excellent questions and finding the answers, and better suited to adapting to our ever- changing world.”

Due to the cancellation of exams, IB World Schools were asked to upload all internal assessment work and predicted grades.

The IB said it has been in “regular communications with universities” around the world to ensure that all IB students are not at a disadvantage when applying to university. Four hundred institutions, from over 50 different countries, confirmed that IB results would be adequate for admissions this year and students treated fairly.

Paula Wilcock, chief assessment officer at the IB, said: “I would like to thank teachers, administrators, examiners, parents and of course students for enabling us to issue students with a grade which is reflective of their work.”

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