Jan 1, 1993
In 1990, there were more than 2.3 million immigrant students in U.S. schools and colleges and that number has since increased. This study represents the first effort to systematically describe and analyze the educational experience and performance of immigrant students at all levels of schooling. The authors find that immigrant children are as likely as native-born children to be in primary and middle schools but are less likely to attend high school. Once in high school, however, they are more likely to take college preparatory courses and to attend college after they graduate. Hispanic immigrants are the least likely to attend high school and college, a finding consistent with differences among racial/ethnic groups for the native born as well. Because Hispanics are rapidly becoming the nation's largest minority, their level of education will strongly affect the quality of the future labor force and the demand for public services. The authors argue that this is cause for concern and suggest strategies for encouraging both immigrant and native-born Hispanics to get more schooling.
Immigrants of School and College Age
Participation of Immigrant Children in K-12
Immigrant Youths in High School: Better Prepared for College
Participation in Postsecondary Education
Factors Associated with Educational Attainment
Conclusions and Policy Implications