Jessica N Jacovidis, Kristine L Chadwick, Erin Fukuda, Jandee Todd and Michael Thier
This study aimed to identify the perceptions, potential challenges and implementation needs of International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools as they plan for the transition to on-screen examinations in the Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP). The researchers employed a mixed-methods design, including individual and group interviews, observations and a survey of DP and CP school heads and coordinators (n = 2,748). School personnel perceived a number of possible benefits of transitioning to on-screen assessments, such as offering students a 21st-century approach to assessment, quicker and higher-quality feedback, and administrative convenience. Some of the concerns that schools cited included logistical, technical and/or support issues. Although survey respondents overall were somewhat positive about on-screen examinations, receptivity ratings varied by school status, language and programme. School heads and coordinators stressed the importance of sufficient lead time to prepare for the transition, as well as technical support and clear communication from the IB.
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