More Than 135 000 Secondary School Graduates Across the World Receive Results of Internationally Recognized Diploma

THE HAGUE (JULY 7, 2014) – The International Baccalaureate (IB) today announced its May 2014 Diploma Programme results. 135, 534 secondary, or high school, diploma students across the globe are receiving their results, marking a 6.5 percent increase above last year. They join a community of more than 1,200,000 Diploma Programme graduates in 141 countries across the world.

The announcement underscores the consistency with which the IB Diploma Programme pass rate remains stable, even as the community of IB students continues to grow. This session showcases an average diploma score of 29.81 points (of 45 possible maximum), and 146 students receiving a perfect score.

With more than 790 examination papers processed in 74 languages, this was the largest exam session conducted at the IB since the birth of the Diploma Programme.

“I wholeheartedly congratulate May 2014 graduates. I commend them on their dedication and drive in accomplishing this hard earned achievement,” said Dr. Siva Kumari, IB Director General. “Since universities continue to value the diploma graduate, we look forward to seeing more students in the Diploma programme.

We know the graduates are well conditioned in critical thinking, researching and deep knowledge that prepares them to thrive in the universities they attend. And just as importantly, to enter their next phase of study with the mindset and inspiration to give positive shape to and influence today’s complex world.”

This year’s session involved more than 530 Chief, Deputy and other senior examiners teaming up across the world to establish consistent and accurate grading criteria across subjects and ensure consistency across the evaluation process.

“We are very pleased with the examination results that have been achieved across the globe,” said Carolyn Adams, the IB’s Chief Assessment Officer. “And we are grateful to our team of examiners. Consistency in applying the marking criteria and mark schemes is absolutely essential – we’re deeply appreciative of our examiners’ diligence in guaranteeing that our robust standards are applied equally across the globe. These professionals are key to ensuring that the IB’s qualifications remain globally recognized and lauded as a standard for success.”

International research shows that university admissions staff have positive impressions of the IB Diploma Programme, with the DP curricula and assessment comparing favourably to other qualifications. Additionally, research provides evidence that IB Diploma Programme students enroll in higher rates at more selective universities, and perform better once there than those with other secondary school qualifications.

About the International Baccalaureate

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit foundation which offers four high quality and challenging education programmes for students from ages 3- to 19-years-old within a worldwide community of primary and secondary schools. For over 45 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for rigour and high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century, and for helping to develop citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Currently, more than one million IB students attend more than 3,700 schools in 147 countries. To learn more, please visit our website at

About the IB Diploma Programme

The IB Diploma Programme, for students 16 to 19, is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students for success at university and in life beyond.

Students study six subjects concurrently. These include two languages, one subject from individuals and societies, one science, one mathematics subject, and one subject from the arts or another subject from the other groups.

In addition to pursuing these subjects, all Diploma Programme students complete three compulsory core elements that are essential to the philosophy of the programme: the extended essay, theory of knowledge, and creativity, action, service (CAS).

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