Educating bright students in urban schools Academic Article uri icon


  • Our study analyzes the impact of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a college-preparatory educational program designed for higher-achieving students, on high school academic achievement in Chicago Public Schools. We exploit exogenous variation in the offering of the program across schools over time with a difference-in-differences framework. We estimate a positive effect of the program on the probability of obtaining a B average or better in coursework, with most of the effect accruing to performance in mathematics. Most importantly, the program led to a decrease in the likelihood of high school dropout and an increase in the probability of high school graduation. 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Cortes, K. E., Moussa, W. S., & Weinstein, J. M.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Cortes, Kalena E||Moussa, Wael S||Weinstein, Jeffrey M

publication date

  • January 2013