Message from Siva Kumari, IBO Director General

Dear Head of School/Coordinator,

Following our announcement of 22 March that we will not be holding the May 2020 exam session, we are now writing to share more details around the actions you will need to take. Please note, the information in this message supersedes any other information previously released by the IB.
First, a thank you to many in the community who received our message on 22 March and kept the information we shared confidential. We are grateful for your trust. We are committed to sharing details with our schools first and will continue to do so.

What you need to do now
In order to award a Diploma or certificate, we will be requiring all schools to upload all internal assessments (IAs) for every candidate enrolled in the May 2020 session by April 20. In our joint interest of meeting the needs of our students, it is critical that you start preparing to upload these as soon as possible so we can start working on awarding our candidates.
Considering these unusual circumstances, we ask you to make every effort to prepare for the actions below. We will be advising you next week when the system is ready for additional uploads.

  • Schools who have already completed their sample uploads: you will need to prepare all the internal assessments (IAs) for all your diploma, course and CP candidates.
  • Schools who have not yet completed the uploads: you need to upload all the internal assessments (IAs) for all your diploma, course and CP candidates.
  • All schools should enter predicted grades.

For concerns regarding any specific subject coursework completion and/or uploading please contact

How the Final Results Will be Calculated
We will be using vast historical assessment data to ensure that we follow a rigorous process of due diligence in what is a truly unprecedented situation. We 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. 
What does this mean for your school?
All student coursework and associated predicted grades will need to be uploaded by 20 April. This supersedes any information or extension agreements in place.

On our website we are posting a continuously updated list of FAQs.
As always, our IB Answers team are on hand to support you to ensure your questions are captured and addressed efficiently. 
We have every confidence that as an IB World Community we will come together to ensure the success of the May 2020 cohort. We thank you for your cooperation and the support and guidance you will provide for IB students.

Siva Kumari

Director General



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Siva Kumari
Director General