Preparing for the May 2021 results
Tuesday 29 June 2021
Next week, on Monday 5th July, the May 2021 IB Diploma results are being released to schools (students will receive their results the next day). As with many other areas of life, education has suffered much due to the Covid pandemic. The last 18 months have been tough for IB students graduating this year as most (all?) have faced severe disruption to their learning. It is worth being prepared for the various strategies available to you and your students if they do not achieve the results you (or they) expect. Your IB coordinator will be the person you will need to liaise with and who should have all the relevant information. Emma Mitchel. who is the co-author of the InThinking physics website and who is also the IB coordinator at Whitgift School in the UK, has provided the following summary to help you prepare. Many thanks to Emma.
If you did not do it last year, your department might like to ask your school to consider purchasing a Category 2A Return of Materials for the IA to find out the breakdown of marks for all candidates (which might support professional development and teaching for future cohorts). While examiner comments are limited, it can be useful to find out if your department typically over-marks or under-marks within each criterion (e.g. Personal Engagement).
EUR Category 3 Remoderation is not available in chemistry as all work was sent off for marking due to the pandemic (i.e. sampling and moderating did not take place as would normally be the case). For those of you who also teach TOK it is worth noting that this option remains in place for the TOK presentation.
Hopefully all your students will gain the results they deserve and I wish you a a relaxing and safe summer vacation.