Postsecondary educational attainment of IB Diploma Programme candidates from US high schools (2013)

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Oliver Halic—IB Global Research Department

This study examines the patterns of college enrollment, destination, and completion of students who sought an IB Diploma and graduated from public and private high schools in the US in 2005. Data from two sources were used: the IB student data system (IBIS) and the National Student Clearinghouse’s (NSC) Student Tracker system. The NSC offers data on postsecondary student enrollment, graduation, and degree attainment across multiple institutions in the US. Findings show that, overall, 92% of the DP candidates enrolled in US postsecondary institutions between May 2005 and November 2011, and 77% enrolled directly from high school. The rate of first-year retention of DP students enrolled at 4-year institutions was 98%. Seventy four percent of the DP students graduated within four years. At each institution comprised in this sample, the graduation rate of DP candidates was consistently higher than the institutional rate.

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