Key findings from IB research

Research key findings provide a quick overview of studies from around the world that examine the impacts and outcomes of IB programmes on students, teachers and schools. These resources are designed for use by IB World Schools, parents of prospective or current IB students, policy-makers and many more across the IB community.

Global and regional key findings

Programme-specific key findings


PYP key findings

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

This resource provides an overview from recent studies relating to the PYP, including PYP's impact on school climate, and student well-being in PYP schools.

PYP key findings 

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Diploma Programme (DP)

This resource explores the impact of the DP, including university enrollment of DP students, and university pathways of low-income and under-represented minority students.

DP key findings 

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Middle Years Programme (MYP)

This resource highlights key findings from research, including skills fostered through the MYP, non-scholastic outcomes of the programme and academic achievement of MYP students.

MYP key findings 

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Diploma Programme (DP) core

This resource looks at key findings from recent research on the DP core, which includes theory of knowledge (TOK), the extended essay and creativity, activity, service (CAS).

DP core key findings 

Programme infographics


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Diploma Programme (DP) infographic

This infographic summarizes global research findings on the DP, including postsecondary outcomes of DP students.

DP infographic 

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Career-related Programme (CP) infographic

This infographic highlights research findings on the experiences and postsecondary outcomes of CP students globally.

CP infographic 

Research briefs


Postsecondary educational attainment in the US

Postsecondary educational attainment in the United States (US)

This research brief examines the postsecondary outcomes of DP students (DP candidates) who graduated from US high schools in 2013.

Research brief 

US Title I Schools

IB programmes in Title I schools in the US: Accessibility, participation and university enrollment

This research brief explores IB programmes in Title I schools—a national programme in the US, which provides funds for schools and districts with high percentages of children from low-income families.

Research brief 


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