More than 16,000 Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) students around the world are due to receive their results from the November 2017 examination session. This marks a 17% increase in students sitting the exams. This rise comes as a result of continued collaboration with partners across the world who share the IB mission to create a better world through education.
“My wholehearted congratulations to the 16,536 students who have graduated in the IB Diploma Programme November 2017 session,” said Dr Siva Kumari, IB Director General. “They have worked hard to achieve this, and they join a body of IB Diploma Programme graduates whose academic and humanistic abilities, critical thinking and international mindedness are increasingly important in the 21st century“.
“In our 50th anniversary year, I wish all our students the best for a future which their education will help them to shape. Independent research proves, again and again, that IB students are exceptionally well-prepared to succeed in their post-secondary study and beyond. A recent study showed that DP graduates are also better prepared than non-IB graduates in 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, global mindedness, cultural sensitivity and leadership”.
“In recognizing our students’ achievements, I’d also like to congratulate all the IB teachers, IB coordinators and IB parents in our global IB community, without whose dedication and passion none of this would be possible”.
In this second and final session of 2017, more than 74,000 examination papers were processed in 16 languages. Examiners across the world worked collaboratively to establish an international standard to which grades were awarded for each subject.
IB Chief Assessment Officer, Paula Wilcock, says: “I would like to offer my congratulations to all the students receiving their results today. This day is the culmination of two years dedication to their studies and is a significant milestone for students all over the globe. These results would not be possible without our network of examiners who work diligently to ensure we deliver a fair grade to every student. On behalf of the IB and our community, I thank you for the part you play in this momentous occasion for our students. I look forward to collaborating with the professionals who assist our assessment practices as we continue to explore and innovate the part that assessment plays in providing high quality education for the 21st century and beyond”.