IB Community Blog

Earlier this month, the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy released an article titled “Chicago’s Use of the International Baccalaureate: An Education Success Story that Didn’t Travel.”  The institute’s director David Steiner and deputy director Ashley Berner examine research on the successful implementation of the IB Diploma Programme in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In their review, they highlighted the “impact on the students’ college attendance, persistence, and by implication life chances.”

"The CPS students who completed all four years of the IB programme were 40% more likely to attend a four-year college, 50% more likely to attend a selective four-year college, and significantly more likely to persist in college than their matched peers outside the program."