New Study: Having More Immigrant Peers Can Boost Scores For U.S.-Born Students

New Study: Having More Immigrant Peers Can Boost Scores For U.S.-Born Students

Dean David FilgioA timely new study coauthored by School of Education and Social Policy Dean David Figlio finds that immigrant children and teenagers “could be an unexpected boon for native-born students should they reach American classrooms,” Asher Lehrer-Small wrote in The 74.

“The research, which analyzes a decade’s worth of data from more than 1.3 million Florida students, links the presence of immigrant classmates with gains in academic performance for students born in the U.S., especially for Black and low-income youth,” Lehrer-Small wrote.

“Instead of seeing evidence of immigrants harming native-born students, we actually find evidence that immigrants at minimum do not harm and [often] help native-born students academically,” said Figlio, an economist at Northwestern University and Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy.

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By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 5/17/21