International Baccalaureate National Trends for Low-income Students 2008–2014

Given the importance of college for employment and social mobility, policymakers and education
leaders are attempting to strengthen the pipeline from high school completion through graduation from a postsecondary institution. The purpose of this research is to examine that pipeline for lowincome International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) students. The objectives are to understand how the experiences of low-income DP students compare with those of their higherincome peers and identify obstacles to low-income students’ participation and success in the DP and postsecondary education as well as possible levers to improve long-term outcomes for lowincome students. We drew on IB exam data, National Student Clearinghouse college participation data, and visits to five high schools serving significant populations of low-income DP students.

Project: Evaluation of International Baccalaureate’s Bridging the Equity Gap Project



Caspary, K., Woodworth, K., Keating, K., & Sands, J. (2015). International Baccalaureate National Trends for Lowincome Students 2008–2014. Menlo Park, CA: SRI International