Immigrant Children Scoring High in STEM and Overall Achievement, Notes Houston Immigration Lawyer

Law Firm Newswire
November 7, 2012

Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2012 – According to a new study by John Hopkins University, immigrant children who emigrated to the U.S. prior to their teenage years score higher in school engagement and academic achievements than U.S-born kids.

The study found that this was true for both Hispanic children and Asian children, if they were provided similar family and socioeconomic backgrounds. The immigrant children were also found to do better in school as they age, as reflected in college scores.

The study, published in a recent issue of Child Development, looked at more than 10,000 children between ages 13 and 17, and tracked their education outcomes until they reached adulthood, somewhere between the ages of 25 and 32. While there are detractors who are concerned that some 25 percent of U.S. school children are children of immigrants, the study’s lead author, Dr. Lingxin Hao, feels the findings will help predict the future labor force.

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