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For Immediate Release:
July 14, 2015
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 W-L Outperforms Peers Worldwide on IB Exams
Earlier this month, Washington-Lee High School students received their highly anticipated International Baccalaureate (IB) exam results. Collectively in 2015, W-L students earned a 97% diploma pass rate which is the second-best set of diploma results in the school's history and exceeds the worldwide and Americas pass rates.

“One important measure of academic success is how well students perform on their IB exams because it compares our students' performance to their peers from all over the world -- not just here in the U.S.,” said W-L Principal Dr. Gregg Robertson. “I am very pleased with the effort that our students, families and staff put forth, and I congratulate them on this impressive achievement.”

Comparatively, the worldwide and Americas pass rates were 80% and 71.6% respectively. Fifty-nine out of 61 W-L candidates earned an IB diploma. This represents a 7% increase from 2014. It also marks the eighteenth consecutive year that Washington-Lee students have exceeded the worldwide IB pass rate.

The May 2015 exam results also showcase an average Washington-Lee diploma score of 32 points ( out of a maximum possible score of 45 points). This is nearly two points higher than the worldwide average. Two W-L students came close to achieving perfect scores with each earning 43 points. Only 160 students worldwide achieved a perfect score.

Additionally, W-L had a 100% pass rates on 10 IB exams, including English Literature A Higher Level, Spanish B Higher Level and Standard Level, Spanish ab initio Standard Level, French B Higher Level and Standard Level, Theater Arts Standard Level, and Visual Arts Higher Level and Standard Level. Spanish Language and Literature A Higher Level also had a 100% pass rate, with six students earning the prestigious bilingual diploma. A bilingual diploma is awarded to a student who studies a combination of any two "group one" courses in different languages and passes the courses with a grade of 3 or above.

The exam pass rate for all Washington-Lee students increased as well. The exam pass rate for all students scoring a four or higher out of seven increased from 76 percent in 2014 to 79 percent in 2015. Overall, 410 Washington-Lee students took one or more IB exams in May 2015. 

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