Congratulations to students of State curricular on the release of their results in December!

The wait is nearly over for the nearly three thousand Australasian students who sat for the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, the highly regarded international curriculum offered by many schools as an alternative to national curricular. Diploma results will be released on January 3, 2019 to schools and students. With these a true academic comparison between schools may be made.

IB Diploma students are excluded from merit ranks created by media organisations based on State or National senior secondary courses such as the NSW HSC, Victorian VCE, South Australian SACE, Queensland OP and New Zealand NCEA. As a result, such merit ranks are inaccurate reflections of academic performance of school cohorts. For an accurate academic comparison between schools offering the IB Diploma and those that do not, such rankings should not be published until IB Diploma results are released in January each year. As the IB Diploma is specifically designed as a University entry course, students studying it usually average a very high academic standard.  This is demonstrated in results published each January. In 2018 the average Australian IB student result of 34 out of 45 was equal to an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) equivalent of 92!

The IB Diploma Programme is an international matriculation programme studied by approximately 180,000 students around the world in May and November examination sessions in over 3200 schools in more than 150 countries worldwide. More than 17,000 students sat for November 2018 examinations. This represents an increase over 2017 of approximately 10% for the November session and a 13% increase in Australasian candidates over the last year.

Each year Australasian students achieve outstanding results, demonstrating the excellence in teaching and learning in Australasian IB Schools.

The breakdown of Diploma students across Australasia is as follows:

State or territory

2018 candidates

2017 candidates

Change

ACT

154

134

15%

NSW

586

547

7%

Victoria

755

676

12%

Queensland

693

552

26%

South Australia

449

398

13%

Tasmania

33

40

-18%

Western Australia

53

46

15%

Northern Territory

9

25

-64%

Australian total

2,732

2,418

13%

       
       

Country

2018 candidates

2017 candidates

Change

New Zealand

371

338

10%

Fiji

17

20

-15%

PNG

Less than 10

12

 

source: IB Organisation

The International Baccalaureate is also studied by students through the Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme as well as a Career Related Programme which acts as an alternative to the Diploma Programme. Many Australasian schools offer a combination of two or three IB programmes spanning education from age 4-18.

For more information on the International Baccalaureate go to: www.ibo.org