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Hispanic American students; Immigrant children--Education;


This paper discusses the trend of academic achievement and retention for Latino immigrant youth. Research indicates that the general trend for Latino youth is negative – generally achievement is lower than any other immigrant ethnic group, and the drop out rate is higher than for any other ethnic group. Factors such as language and methods of learning, segregation, poverty, low parental involvement in education, discrimination, and stress due to immigration have been identified as factors contributing to low academic success.

The ways in which schools deal with immigrant students is also discussed. Further research is needed on immigrant Latino families and students to determine why their academic success is below that of any other immigrant group. This research has illustrated that methods should be developed for ways in which schools, families, and communities can provide quality education of immigrant children. While data for immigrant children in Iowa is limited, the trend of academic achievement and retention for Latino youth in Iowa seems to follow that of the rest of the country. Suggestions for studies in Iowa are presented.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Suzanne Freedman


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