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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More Than 82 Percent of IB Diploma Candidates Earn IB Diplomas in FCPS

A total of 312 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students—82.3 percent of all candidates—earned the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma in 2008, according to figures released today by FCPS Superintendent Jack D. Dale. FCPS students completed their IB exams with 79.3 percent of exams taken scoring a 4 or higher, an increase from 76.9 percent in 2007. Since 2000, the number of students earning the IB diploma has risen steadily to this year’s high of 312. The results include all tests taken by IB students at the eight Fairfax County high schools that offer the IB program. IB tests are graded from 1 to 7, with 1 being the lowest score and 7 being the highest. 

Students at Marshall High School took the highest number of IB exams in the history of their school, 927, an increase from 751 exams in 2007. Edison High School and Stuart High School also set new records for numbers of tests taken at 719 and 531, respectively. The percentage of students who scored 4 or above rose by nine percentage points at Annandale High from 70.6 percent in 2007 to 79.9 percent in 2008. At Edison High, the percentage of students who scored 4 or above rose by from 77.1 percent to 85.5 percent (see table 1).

In the higher level exams, FCPS IB students excelled in Spanish B, with 94.9 percent of students scoring a 4 or higher; English A1, with 94.4 percent of students scoring a 4 or higher; Music, with 93.3 percent of students scoring a 4 or higher; History of the Americas, with 91.7 percent of students scoring a 4 or higher; Visual Arts, with 88.6 percent of students scoring a 4 or higher; Psychology, with 87.5 percent of students scoring a 4 or higher; and Film, with 85.7 percent of students scoring a 4 or higher (see table 2).

The results were compiled from a total of 5,617 IB tests, the highest number of IB tests ever taken by FCPS IB students. 

Fairfax County schools that offer the IB program include Annandale, Edison, Lee, Marshall, Mount Vernon, South Lakes, and Stuart High Schools and Robinson Secondary School. The IB Middle Years program is offered at Whitman Middle (with Mount Vernon High), Hughes Middle (with South Lakes High), Glasgow Middle (with Stuart High), and Holmes and Poe Middle Schools (with Annandale High).

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Note: For more information, contact Faye Brenner at 703-208-7706 or faye.brenner@fcps.edu.