First-generation immigrants perform better in reading and math tests than their second-generation peers, who in turn outperform their third-generation classmates, according to a new study by Umut Özek and Northwestern University’s David Figlio. The pair followed the performance of Asian and Hispanic students in Florida, a population that mirrors national trends. Why do newer immigrants do better than their more established peers? Find out in this blog post.
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30 May 2016
Over the last five decades, the United States has experienced the second largest wave of immigration in its history. This paper presents the first comprehensive look at the relative performance of immigrants; findings suggest early-arriving first generation immigrants perform better than do second generation immigrants, and second generation immigrants perform better than third generation immigrants.