What truths can be gleaned from this short but informative news release?
1. It would appear that criticism of the IB's onerous mailing costs, vague timetables and allegations of bias against its 5,000 or so "external examiners" all over the world who hand score IB exams, may be getting in IB's way to be truly competitive with the A-Levels and AP. The very exams IB has criticized for students relying on memorization, were always primarily scored by Scantron through ETS for the multiple choice sections. A few years ago, ETS Europe had an exam scoring incident similar to the moisture incident here in the U.S. and this gave IB the opportunity to pounce. Is IB going to increase the number of multiple choice sections and vastly reduce the number of essay readers in its force? We find it interesting that the only mention of this deal between IB and RM in the U.S. was on Forbes.
2. IB sees itself as a rival - well that's what TAIB has been saying for years, but IB supporters scoff at the notion.
3. Five-fold growth in 11 years? Nice pipe dream Mr. Beard, but not in the U.S. if we have anything to say about it!