Mathematics Achievement by Immigrant Children

Gary G. Huang

Abstract


In this study, I examined academic achievement of immigrant children in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, and New Zealand. Analyzing data from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), I gauged the performance gaps relating to the generation of immigration and the home language background. I found immigrant children's math and science achievement to be lower than the others only in England, the U.S., and Canada. Non-English language background was found in each country to relate to poor math and science learning and this disadvantage was stronger among native-born childrenpresumably children of indigenous groupsthan among immigrant children. I also examined the school variation in math performance gaps, using hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) to each country's data. The patterns in which language- and generation-related math achievement gaps varied between schools are different in the five countries.

Keywords


Children; Elementary Education; Foreign Countries; Immigrants; Mathematics Achievement; Science Achievement

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v8n25.2000

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