Justice for May 2020 IB Graduates - Build a Better Future! #IBSCANDAL

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Donna Belanger
1 week ago

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mike van breugel
Sep 11, 2020
The moment the final exams were cancelled, the IB tried to implement a fair and consistent process to award grades. However "fair" was no longer a realistic outcome without final exams.

The actual choice the IB had, was a choice between an "academic" and a "generous" process. The IB chose an "academic" process, to work to a reasonable average. And that process left many students as losers.

The right moral judgment was to choose a "generous" process. Sure, averages would have ended too high. But fewer students would have been damaged as a result, and most would have been able to emotionally move on from a brutal year.

And what damage would a high average have done? Nothing serious. And that is how the students were sacrificed by the IB.


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mike van breugel
Sep 11, 2020
The IB got their morals wrong.
The moment the exams were cancelled, an objective outcome was impossible. The IB chose to work to a "reasonable academic average". In doing so, the IB deliberately created many losers among the kids.

It is a moral error of judgment. The cancellation of the exams was outside of students' control. None of the kids should have been disadvantaged. Would that have meant higher grades. Yes. But ask yourself - SO WHAT? At least it means the students could emotionally move on and get on with their lives.

Instead the IB saw a "reasonable average" as the better goal. That leaves 150 people in their ivory tower feeling good and >25,000 students damaged by the process.

Let us not forget that A level kids were finally better treated. Did the world come to an end as a result?

In a crazy difficult year to be 18, we owed better judgment to the IB students. What happened is unforgivable.

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Rain Stone
Sep 8, 2020
The grading system is based on evaluation of something, Are evaluators, not having enough to evaluate and instead of starting a conversation with the school, students, teachers and student's families they make arbitrary decisions that harshly effect THEIR OWN STUDENTS, the very people who attend and support the institution, perhaps this level of stupidity requires an education. Perhaps education should include morality. Perhaps our education system creates selfish small minded people sending into a world of uncertainties. Perhaps we need to change the world we live to support and encourage personal and business and institutional morality and quality greatly reducing corruption and incomitance at all levels of our world.

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Ahmet Azer BOĞATU
Sep 3, 2020
Without any test, giving an unfair degree is not acceptable at all!..
My doughter was the best of school and she was fully ready for all tests but they didn't give a chance though.

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IB May2020
Aug 30, 2020
We are writing to request for a re-evaluation on the IB final grades as there are still a large number of students that have been negatively affected.

In light of the recent update from the IB, our IAs went from weighing 20% of the final grade to 100% of the final grade (this only applied if the predicted grade was one more point or one less point from the IA grade).

We fail to understand how an IA worth 20% of our final grade in any other year is an accurate representation of what we are capable of as students. For most subjects, an IA may only reflect knowledge of one topic (maybe even one subtopic) in the entire syllabus. It is very frustrating knowing that for other higher education boards, after an outcry from students and teachers (for only a few days after releasing results), every board did a U turn and candidates were awarded their teachers' predicted grades.

As students in the May 2020 session, we have watched some of our friends from other exam boards get their places in their first choice university while we are still struggling to find a place. We find it impossible to comprehend as to how a teacher's prediction is not an accurate representation of what a student is capable of as a whole. We note that, 'The IB noted a significant increase in the level of predicted grades awarded by teachers, including a 35.4% increase in the number of 7s predicted and a 17.5% in the number of 6s and 7s predicted.' However, we believe that this excuse is unjustifiable. If a similar statistic can be observed in other higher education boards, especially with the 'Triple Lock' system in the United Kingdom, then IB should be no exception. While one can argue that some of the other higher education boards have no coursework in their programs, some of them like A levels have AS level as part of their program which they could have easily used as final grades.

In addition, we also feel that IAs hold a great level of subjectivity as the final outcome of the IAs is very dependent on the external moderator. A teacher's prediction on the other hand takes into consideration the individual student as a whole. This therefore means that the teacher's prediction is a more accurate representation of a candidate's capabilities. It also allows for all students to be on a level playing field as all boards have used teacher predictions as final grades.

IB has always taught students to be fair and ethical in all matters, so why can't the IB practice what they teach. Several thousands of students are still unsatisfied with their final grades remaining unchanged and we all believe that a teacher's predicted grade is a more accurate representation of a candidate's capability and therefore, we are humbly requesting for teacher's predictions to be awarded as final grades (if the predicted grade was one point above or one point below from IA grades).

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Sarah Lyne
Aug 26, 2020
They've dropped my son's grades in every subject. His predicted grades were higher across the board. His school's results have been re-evaluated, but his grades haven't gone up at all. Very disappointed with the way it's been dealt with.

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Cindy Chow
Aug 22, 2020
The IA only contributes 20% of the final grade for most subjects, in particular the science subjects. Even though the IBO consider that they should remarks this 20% parts, the IBO is still using algorithm to predict the 80% written examination part. The U-turn in GCE A Level using teachers’ predicted grades has further pushed your IB students away from the door of their original choice of university degree course. While IBO has now further changed and used the IA as the final grade, without reasons why the 20% part can be used to represent the 80% part. However, this also means IBO is giving the benefits of doubt to its students. The IBO should give the benefits of doubt back to all your students, like the UK government, and award the students with their PGs if there are only 1 grade difference between the teachers’ PGs and the algorithm PGs.

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Elvira Almeida
Aug 22, 2020
Meu filho terminou o IB na Suécia este ano e suas notas foram muito abaixo do que era esperado.

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Aug 21, 2020
Please sign http://chng.it/PDKQhFCTYz ,New petition demanding IB score change like A-level