K-12 Educational Outcomes of Immigrant Youth

Robert Crosnoe and Ruth N. Lopez Turley
Date of Publication: 
April, 2011
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The children from immigrant families in the United States make up a historically diverse population, and they are demonstrating just as much diversity in their experiences in the K-12 educational system. 

The authors summarize these K-12 patterns, paying attention to differences in academic functioning across segments of the immigrant population defined by generational status, race and ethnicity, and national origin.

A good deal of evidence points to an immigrant advantage in multiple indicators of academic progress, meaning that many youths from immigrant families outperform their peers in school. This apparent advantage is often referred to as the immigrant paradox. 

Crosnoe and Turley discuss several policy efforts targeting young people from immigrant families, especially those of Latin American origin. One is the DREAM Act, proposed federal legislation to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth who meet certain criteria.

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Crosnoe, R. and Lopez Turley, R. N. (2011). K-12 Educational Outcomes of Immigrant Youth. Immigrant Children, 21(1), 129-152.