Author: Suàrez-Orozco, Carola, Gaytàn, Francisco X., Bang, Hee J., Pakes, Juliana, O’Connor, Erin, & Rhodes, Jean

Title: Academic Trajectories of Newcomer Immigrant Youth

University Affiliation: University of California, Los Angeles; Northeastern Illinois University


Research Question: How do family characteristics, school characteristics, and individual characteristics associated with the academic trajectory of newcomer immigrant students affect their performance?

Published: Yes

Journal Name or Institutional Affiliation: Developmental Psychology

Journal Entry: Vol. 46, No. 3, Pp. 602-618

Year: 2010


  1. Students who attended schools with higher rates of segregation were significantly more likely to be low achievers than either type of slow decliner.
  2. Students attending schools with greater proportions of low-income students were significantly more likely to be low achievers than improvers.
  3. Students attending high poverty schools were significantly more likely to be precipitous decliners than improvers.
  4. Being female was associated with a greater probability of being a high achiever than a low achiever.
  5. Similarly, being female was associated with being a high achiever than a precipitous decliner.
  6. High achievers, relative to the other groups, attended the schools that were the least segregated and had the fewest students qualifying for free lunch.

Scholarship Type Journal Article Empirical Research

Keywords: Academic Achievement, Immigrants

Regions National

Methodologies: Mixed

Research Designs: Interviews, Secondary Data

Method of Analysis: Multinomial Logistic Regression

Sampling Frame: Students from seven school districts in regions of San Francisco and Baltimore with high densities of newcomer immigrant students.

Sample Types: Nonrandom

Unit of Analysis: School, Student

Data Types: Mixed

Data Description: