Starting to think about the CRB?

Following on from last week’s blog focus on the candidate statement, this one is about the CRB itself.

My students have their IBDP visual arts examination at the end of March 2011, and I plan to send the Candidate Record Booklets to our examiner around mid-March – so there is still more than two months to go before the CRBs need to be finished, packaged up and sent – but still, I like to get the students thinking about all the CRB requirements early so that we try at least to minimize the panic that some are prone to.

Last March I posted a Triple A Learning blog that focused on the Candidate Record Booklet (TEN STEPS TO CRB HEAVEN – March 12, 2010).

The examination ‘window’ for northern hemisphere schools runs from March 10th to April 25th, so in some ways that posting was a little late, and I made a note to myself to make an earlier 2011 blog posting, (like – now), so that teachers who might be new to the process have enough time to sort things out without too much stress.

The information provided is still relevant and accurate, and I’ve been told that the ‘Ten Step’ programme is a useful document, so please – if you are interested – visit the site.

I have also posted the document on the OCC in the teacher resource exchange section

The teacher statement is a relatively new component, but has been very helpful in the moderation process, especially when it really seeks to explain and justify the mark awarded, often by referring to the relevant descriptor and its markband. Some teachers write generally about the candidate, but the focus should be on the component that has been internally assessed.

Many teachers and students do a great job with the CRB – but some teachers still submit many more photographs (and occasionally more copies of pages) than the instructions indicate, some photographs are out of focus and some of the copies of workbook pages are smeared, blurred and/or illegible.

And there is also the duplicate CRB to consider.

Doing a good job with all these things can take time, patience and perseverance – so don’t leave things to the last minute!

Good luck, all!


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