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Perspectives

Publication Date

7-1-2019

Abstract

This literature review looks at the effects of immigrant status on educational achievement among immigrant youth in the United States. The massive influx of families immigrating to the United States in the past decade has brought an increasing amount of immigrant youth coming into US public schools. Educational achievement is one of the biggest predictors of life long success. Social class, race/ethnicity, cultural orientations and quality of schooling before and after migration are all factors that influence immigrant youths’ educational outcomes. However, the foundational influencer of immigrant youth’s educational outcomes are interpersonal relationships that immigrant youth have with their family, peers and teachers. Therefore, educational achievement among immigrant youth has little to do with individual integrity or inherent intelligence and more to do with the people in their social world.

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