IB Updates

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

For questions regarding IB, please contact Richard Maez at richard_maez@dpsk12.org.

The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.


  • The IB will be requiring every internal assessment, for every subject where there would normally be an exam, for every candidate, to be externally marked by our highly-trained and professional IB Examiners, who would in other years be marking the examinations.
    • Music, Theatre & Visual Arts students will receive additional information on April 6.
  • The IB will be using vast historical assessment data to ensure that they follow a rigorous process of due diligence in what is a truly unprecedented situation. The IB will be undertaking significant data analysis from previous exam sessions, individual school data, subject data as well as comparative data of schools who have already completed uploading requirements and those who have not.
  • All student coursework and associated predicted grades will need to be uploaded by 20 April. This supersedes any information or extension agreements in place.

Teachers will be communicating directly with students if they have not already submitted their internal assessments.  If work has already been submitted, then it is this work that the IB will mark.


  • We do not know how universities will accept this change in assessment when it comes to credit. 
  • We also do not know the specific way or weight the IA will hold in the calculation of the final mark awarded in July. 
  • We do not know testing refunds will be handled. The IBO is also working through a refund policy. More information will be shared at a later date.

Additional IB information can be found on the IBO webpage.