Clarke County High School is pleased to announce its International Baccalaureate (IB) results from the May 2012 examination session.
This year seven students were candidates for the full IB diploma. Five students achieved their goal, for a diploma success rate of 71%, the highest percentage in the past six years of IB testing. All seven diploma candidates passed their Theory of Knowledge assessment, their Extended Essay, and their Creativity, Action, and Service projects.
Overall, students took a total of 125 different IB assessments in 19 different subject areas, including English language and literature, world languages, social studies, laboratory sciences, mathematics, and the arts. In 15 out of these 19 subject areas, the mean score was four or higher, which is considered evidence of satisfactory achievement by IB. In three of the remaining four subject areas, the mean score was three or higher, generally considered a passing score in American schools.
In six subject areas student mean scores exceeded worldwide mean scores. This is a significant achievement for local students, as many IB schools worldwide have a rigorous selection process for IB and permit only an elite group of young people to attempt the program. Clarke County High School continues to maintain an open enrollment policy in which any student who wishes to enroll in an IB class and take the corresponding test is encouraged to do so. The fact that our self-selected IB students compared so well with IB students worldwide is a true credit to their hard work, selfless dedication, and academic success.
As school reopens in late summer, faculty will use the results of the IB testing to evaluate the school’s own curriculum and instruction within the IB program. “The student performance data gives us a snapshot of our performance as a school,” said Thom Potts, CCHS IB Coordinator. “We will be analyzing the results carefully in order to maintain our strengths and to improve in areas where we want our students to score higher. Overall, though, we are very pleased with our students’ performance this year. The hard work of all of our IB students and teachers is evident in their results.”