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Advanced Placement (AP) Courses and Exams:
AP exams will not be held at school as usual this year. Instead, students will take a 45-minute free response exam from home online. The exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March (see units covered for the revised exam here).
· Students will have two opportunities to take their AP exam in May, if already registered. They may choose from an early May testing date and a late May testing date. The schedule will be released on the College Board AP website on April 3rd.
· AP is allowing students to cancel their exam, up to the day before the exam date, and receive a refund. MCPS is working on a process to issue refunds for canceled exams.
· As more information comes from the College Board, this FAQ document will be updated.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Courses and Assessments:
The International Baccalaureate Organization has cancelled the usual May examinations. The IBO has stated that students “will be awarded either a diploma or a course certificate which reflects their standard of work. The achievement will be based around the students’ coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.”
Students in the classes of 2020 and 2021 will still be able to complete IB assessment for their Diploma Programme courses this year. Seniors who complete the required assessments on time will receive a score of 1 - 7 for each assessment and an overall score out of 45 indicating whether or not they have earned the diploma. Juniors will receive a score of 1 - 7 for each assessment they are signed up for; these scores will count towards their diplomas along with exams in May of 2021.
Class of 2021 scores will be based on the scores they earn on their Extended Essays, Theory of Knowledge, and required Internal Assessments. In the statement from the IBO above, those components are what they are referring to as "students' coursework." The IB office will be working with teachers and students to upload these documents and assessments to the IBO.
Teachers will continue to provide predicted grades for each course, and the IBO will consider the "established assessment expertise, rigor, and quality control already built into the programmes." By that, the IBO means it will examine our data trends. Fortunately, our school assessment data has improved over the past three years even as the number of our diploma candidates has increased significantly. The IB office and diploma program teachers will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that students submit all IA's and are poised to earn their diplomas.
For more information about the IB Programme, you may want to go to the IBO website. Feel free to contact Nancy Shay with any questions at Nancy_S_Shay@mcpsmd.org.