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IB Extended Essay

Discussion in 'International Baccalaureate' started by Beagles111, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. Beagles111

    Beagles111 New commenter

    We have just begun our Y12 EE cycle and some of the teachers are coming to me with concerns about letting kids know what their predicted grades might be further down the line. This is because of the total lack of clarity and transparency shown previously to our marking of EE's. We have been left baffled by the marks given and the lack of any written remarks left on the essays when we ask for them back.

    Has anyone else had this experience or is it just us?
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  2. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    im no expert here, but im pretty sure the guide is quite explicit on this, and when and where students even get feedback on their draft.

    we dont tell them their predicted grades, they just work off the feedback they get from their draft. its up to them if they follow it or not.
  3. Beagles111

    Beagles111 New commenter

    Thanks @dumbbells66 what happens regarding UCAS applications then? Do you just leave the EE predicted grade empty? However, after a re read I think that you may have gotten hold of the wrong end of the stick....I am talking about the feedback from the actual examiners at the IB who send back Extended Essays with a fully functional grade that is their final EE grade and counts towards their Diploma.
  4. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    ahh ok, yeh i got the wrong end of that
  5. percy topliss

    percy topliss Established commenter

    I recently attended an EE "course" in Shenzhen. When I asked about transparency in the marking of the essays I was met with obfuscation of the most awful kind. I came away from the course wishing to never have to mark an EE again, I seriously worry that my kids will fail the IB because of a badly marked EE and there will be no recourse because there do not seem to be any rules.

  6. ToK-tastic

    ToK-tastic New commenter

    The lack of clarity in marking of EEs has been a significant problem for at least 15 years. It is exacerbated by the unpredictability of the grades awarded, and by the E grade fail. If IB wish to make EE (& ToK) such a high stakes component then the assessment process should be entirely clear, open and accountable. These points have been made to IB frequently through Regional Networks, School Relationship Managers, at Global Conferences, etc etc. The response is always inadequate. At the end of the day they are letting our IB students down. They expect the students and teachers to live by the IB Learner Profile, maybe they should do likewise.

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