The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme will not be held this spring due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

As an organization, it is critical for IB to ensure that the options it provides its global community of IB world schools are based on compassion and fairness for the difficult circumstances that its students and educators are experiencing. As a result, based on considerable advice from stakeholders across the globe, including schools, students, universities and official bodies, the IB has determined what it believes to be the most responsible and ethical way forward.

The May 2020 examinations were scheduled for Columbia River High School students between April 30 and May 22 for diploma programme and course candidates. These IB external exams will no longer be held.

Depending on what they registered for, students will be awarded a diploma or a course certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on each student’s coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.

We know parents and students will have many questions. The IB organization will share full details and FAQs with us and on their website by March 27.

For any other questions, please contact Julie Nygaard, IB diploma program coordinator.