Information for students and parents about IB post-results services available through
IB schools for the May 2021 session.
At the IB we understand the disruption to students’ lives that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused, including disruption to their learning. Every year the IB works to ensure that assessments deliver valid, fair and reliable results for our students across the world but this year we will be paying special attention to consider the impact of the pandemic. Therefore, regardless of whether students have been able to take examinations or not, we expect results to be a fair reflection of their work over the past two school years.
Some students may be disappointed by one or more of their results and might want to challenge them. This document describes the services that the IB provides after publication of results on 6
July 2021. These services are only available through your IB school. There is a fee attached to each of these services which enables the IB to contract independent quality assured examiners to complete the work required. For more information on fees for these services please contact your school IB coordinator.
Post-results services for the exam and non-exam routes
The awarding of the overall IB Grade is based on both the coursework element (IA) alongside the predicted grade (PG)
The IAs this year were marked externally by the IB and the details of how to outline request for a remark of this is below.
The Predicted Grades were based on the whole body of work a student produced for a subject. The relevant IB Diploma Programme grade descriptors are used to determine which grade most closely describes the student’s overall body of written, oral and practical work for a subject , rather than highlights of it. Their teachers have scrutinised samples of marked student work and compared characteristics of this work to characteristics detailed in the grade descriptors. In this way, they determine which grade best fits the qualities of each student’s body of work. Their teachers have also collaborated in the process of grade prediction in order to standardise their approach. Details on how to appeal the predicted grade element of the course are below.
Requesting a remark of the IA components of the course
The following services are available:
1. Re-mark of coursework marked by IB examiners (EUR Category 1).
Important: Marks and grades for a subject may go down, up, or stay the same, as a result of a re-mark.
2. Report on re-mark of coursework marked by IB examiners (EUR Category 1 report). This report explains the marks awarded in the re-marking of examination papers and coursework (EUR Category 1).
Important: Specific conditions need to be met for a request for a report on a re-mark.
3. Provision of images of coursework (EUR Category 2).
Important: IB examiners are only required to make such marks and comments on student work that enable them to determine an accurate mark for the work. The marks and comments made by examiners may not provide useful feedback to teachers and students on the qualities of the work.
4. Re-moderation of the sample of internal assessment work for a subject (EUR Category 3). This service is only available for assessments that are marked by the teacher and of which a sample is moderated by an external examiner.
NB: There is a cost associated with all of these routes and requests must be made by the 15th September 2021.
Appealing a Student-Initiated Predicted Grade
A student-initiated predicted grade enquiry service will also be available for students on the non- exam route who believe they have cause to challenge their school-submitted predicted grade. This service is only available in subjects where the predicted grade is used in the calculation of the final grade. As a result of a student-initiated predicted grade enquiry, their final grade for a subject may go up, go down or stay the same.
Grounds for Student-initiated Predicted Grade Enquiry
A student may initiate a predicted grade enquiry if they have cause to believe that:
1. Their teacher or school made an administrative error.
2. Their school did not apply a procedure correctly.
3. Their teacher made an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement in the choice of evidence from which to determine the predicted grade.
4. Their teacher made an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement in determining the predicted grade from the selected evidence.
A reasonable judgement is one that is supported by evidence. An academic judgement will not be deemed unreasonable simply because a student considers that an alternative grade should have been awarded, even if the student puts forward supporting evidence. There may be a difference of opinion without there being an unreasonable exercise of judgement. The IB reviewer will make a judgement whether or not, based on the evidence provided, the school provided predicted grade is a reasonable academic judgement. Where the student’s challenge is upheld, then the student evidence will be taken into account when deciding what the grade should be. In cases where the IB reviewer judges that the evidence provided indicates that the student should receive a lower predicted grade than the teacher provided, the IB will require agreement of a second reviewer before reducing the student’s grade. The outcome will be final. Appeals against the outcome of a student-initiated predicted grade enquiry will not be accepted. The student must provide their
written and recorded consent. A student’s grade could go down, up or remain the same at any stage in the predicted grade enquiry process.
The Student-initiated Predicted Grade Enquiry Process
There are two stages to the May 2021 student-initiated predicted grade enquiry process. The cost for this process is £134 which is payable when a Stage 2 by the IB is requested.
Stage 1: School review
The first stage of the process takes place within the school. If a student does not consider that they have been issued with the correct predicted grade, they can ask their school to check if an administrative or procedural error, or unreasonable academic judgement has been made. As a result of a school review a subject grade could go down, up or stay the same. If an error has occurred, the school should contact the IB with evidence in support of a revised predicted grade.
Stage 2: IB review
In the second stage a student-initiated predicted grade enquiry is escalated to the IB. The enquiry is made by the school on behalf of the student. A predicted grade enquiry should be submitted if the student considers that the school did not follow its procedure properly, the IB has made an administrative error, or the student considers that the predicted grade awarded by the teacher was an unreasonable exercise of academic judgement. The final grade could go down, up or stay the same as a result of an IB review. The school must provide evidence appropriate to the nature of the request.
What evidence needs to be submitted to request an enquiry about academic judgement?
For the first stage of the process, your school should consider your teachers grade/mark book and representative pieces of work which were among those used to determine your predicted grade. If stage 2 review is requested because your school agrees that a change needs to be made to the predicted grade submitted to the IB, or because you do not agree with the outcome of the first stage of the process, your school will need to send the following evidence to the IB:
1. A declaration accepting the terms and conditions;
2. A copy of the teacher’s grade/mark book for the student;
3. Three pieces of work that are representative of the work of the student, that were included in the body of work used in determining the predicted grade for the student and for which marks, or grades appear in the teacher’s grade/mark book;
4. A statement by the school (up to 500 words) of the outcome of the first stage of the enquiry;
5. A statement by the student (up to 500 words) to explain the enquiry.
What are the possible outcomes of a predicted enquiry request?
As a result of a student initiated predicted grade enquiry, your results can go up, down or stay the same (this is also the case for Enquiry Upon Results services). Teachers considered your body of work and followed guidance provided to schools by the IB when determining your predicted grades. This year, schools were also given advice and guidance from the IB in the distribution of predicted grades for May 2021 to help guide and improve consistency of school submitted predicted grades. Therefore, academic judgement will not be deemed to be unreasonable simply because a student considers that an alternative grade should have been awarded. Once the review is complete, the outcome of the enquiry will be shared directly with your school, who will then ensure the decision is communicated to you. Once an outcome has been made it will be considered final and you will not be able to appeal the decision