US postsecondary outcomes (2020)

Aliya Pilchen, Kyra Caspary and Katrina Woodworth—SRI Education

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This study draws on multiple datasets to examine the postsecondary outcomes of International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) students who graduated from high school in 2013 in the United States (US) (N = 37,348). Results show that 82% of 2013 US DP graduates enrolled in college immediately after graduating from high school, as compared to 66% of all US high school graduates. Of the DP graduates who enrolled in college immediately after high school, 88% returned to the same institution the following year, compared to 80% of all US students. Three years later, 62% of DP graduates earned a four-year college degree, as compared to 41% of all US students. For course students, the number of assessments and average assessment score were associated with greater postsecondary success. Similarly, DP candidates with strong IB performance had higher predicted odds for college enrollment, persistence and graduation than their lower-performing peers.

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