IB Update and FAQ for May 2020 Exams
This May will be the first in the 52 year history of the International Baccalaureate Organization that traditional examinations will not be held. Exams, of course, are merely one part of the IB experience, a metric used to assess learning after all the learning has been done. Your IB education has always been about the journey, not the destination. As a cohort of IB educators we are so incredibly proud of the hard work you've put into your classes, homework, labs, oral exams, and essays - that is the journey, that is the real work, and that is the real accomplishment.
HERE is a link to the LHS IB FAQ that details how results will be determined, certificates issued, and scores sent to universities. As usual, should you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to via email. Take care of yourselves, and I can’t wait to celebrate your accomplishments together in person in the future!
How will IB scores be determined?
IB Diplomas and individual scores for individual subjects will be derived from students’ coursework as well as established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the IB program. The IB will use a combination of students’ internal assessments (IAs), teacher predicted grades, and over a decade of data specific to LHS to award final marks.
Specifically, for many of your courses there are already externally assessed assessments: the EE, your TOK essay, the written tasks in English, and the Visual Arts comparative study. Every year teachers submit predicted grades for each student in every course. Predicted grades are a way for us to measure against the IB’s international standard for how we think students will do based on your classroom performance and work at LHS. We also are submitting every Internal Assessment to the IB for external assessment. Typically, the classroom teacher scores all of this work, and then we submit a sample of the IAs to IB for moderation. This year both the classroom teacher and an IB grader will score these assessment components. All of this together along with IB’s data analysis model will result in final marks.
How will my IB certificate or IB Diploma be awarded?
All students will receive a certificate with their scores. Scores of 4 or higher are considered passing and can be a way for a student to earn college credit depending on which college students choose to attend. IB Diplomas will be awarded to those students who average 4's and earn at least 24 points with no "E" grade for their EE or their TOK essay. The paper documents will be mailed to the school late in the summer. Students can either pick up their Diploma from the IB office, or elect to have it sent home for a small fee.
How will I know what my score is?
Exam results will be available on July 6th. Students will be able to log into candidates.ibo.org with their PIN & personal code to find their results. We will email out the PIN & personal code information for all candidates in early May.
How do I get my IB transcript sent to my college or university?
Once you have made a decision about your college choice please enter this information in Naviance. Once your information has been entered, we communicate your choice to IB, and they send your scores directly to your admissions department. It’s really, really important that you enter your college choice in naviance in a timely fashion so we can do what we need to do for you. (Thanks!) If for some reason your plans change, you will need to request another transcript from IBO for a small fee. Requests can be made HERE.
Will there be refunds?
At this time, no. Although the IB has cancelled in-person examinations for the May 2020 session, they have hired examiners to externally assess the work of students and will be issuing exam scores based on a combination of students' internal assessments, teacher predicted grades, and over three decades of data specific to Lincoln. We are currently in the process of uploading over a thousand pieces of student work to the IB information system for assessment. Because they are externally assessing the work of IB students and issuing IB scores, the IBO is not currently issuing refunds. The money collected for exams by LHS has already been paid to the IBO, so we are not in a position to refund the exam fees directly, and are instead dependent on their policy. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will be sure to alert you should anything change.
Freshman Information Night
If you were unable to attend the IB Information Night, HERE is the link to the IB presentation. For those of you who were able to attend, thank you so much for your brilliant questions last night!
Additionally, HERE is a direct link to the IB planning chart.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or if you would like to schedule a meeting.
8th Grade Information Night
Welcome future Cards!! The IB presentation from the 8th grade open house on December 11 provides an overview of IB with specific information about IB at Lincoln.
Welcome to Lincoln High School's International Baccalaureate Program
IB is a globally recognized pre-collegiate curriculum completed during junior and senior year. All students at Lincoln are eligible to participate in the IB program.
IB Mission Statement
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
IB at Lincoln
Lincoln has been an IB school for over 20 years and the IB mission is woven into the fabric of our building. The IB curriculum instills a spirit of inquiry and global mindedness in all of it’s graduates, and Lincoln educators strive to develop internationally minded citizens who seek to create a better and more peaceful world.
One of the reasons that we love this programme at Lincoln is that it accounts for teacher choice in the construction of curriculum, which allows our educators to engage with topics they are passionate about while also building classes tailored to student interest.
The LHS IB programme is the largest in the state of Oregon, and we are particularly proud of the expertise of our teaching staff and of the diverse number of IB course offerings students may pursue. We currently offer over 20 individual subject courses, with the option to pursue five different languages.
At Lincoln we are committed to an open-access programme that allows any student to pursue the full IB Diploma should they choose to do so. Every Fall, Lincoln’s IB graduates matriculate to a diverse array of colleges and universities, including some of the most highly selective in the world. Generations of LHS IB graduates are transforming the world into a better and more peaceful place.
We look forward to working with you in the years ahead.
Go IB Cards!
IB Planning at Lincoln
If you were unable to attend our recent IB planning event, here is a copy of the 2019 LHS IB Freshman + Sophomore Planning Night presentation for your reference.
If you would like to book a meeting with Mr. Bliss to discuss your student's IB schedule, you may do so HERE.
You can read more about Lincoln and IB below:
IB Coordinator at LHS
You can find Mr. Bliss in the Counseling Center.