Journal Article: School racial composition and academic achievement: the case of Hmong LEP students in the USA


HMONG (Asian people) -- United States, HMONG American children, EDUCATION, ACHIEVEMENT gap, ACADEMIC achievement, MINORITIES -- Education, STUDENTS -- Social conditions, UNITED States, Hmong students, limited English proficiency, school racial composition


Lee, Moosung; Madyun, Na'im




The existence of the achievement gap is more than just a black-white issue; contrary to stereotypes, it is a concern within Asian homes. Hmong students underachieve in comparison with many East Asian students. Traditional cultural practices and poverty have been identified as explanatory factors. Our data suggest that a more critical factor might be within-school segregation. Utilising a racial exposure statistic, it was found that the more diverse a school became, the higher the achievement of Hmong limited English proficient (LEP) students. This study provides theoretical explanations for this finding and implications for Hmong student achievement. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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