ERIC Number: ED343971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Language Characteristics and Academic Achievement: A Look at Asian and Hispanic Eighth Graders in NELS:88. Statistical Analysis Report.
Bradby, Denise; And Others
This report examines the demographic and language characteristics and educational aspirations of Asian American and Hispanic American eighth graders and relates that information to their mathematical ability and reading comprehension as measured by an achievement test. Special attention is paid to students who come from homes in which a non-English language is spoken. The report uses information selected from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88). The NELS:88 administered questionnaires and tests to a national sample of 25,000 eighth grade students in over 1,000 public and private schools in spring 1988. A second data collection was conducted in spring 1990. Of the 1,505 Asian American students evaluated, 73 percent were reported as language minorities (LMs), while 77 percent of the 3,129 Hispanic American students evaluated were LMs. Of the LM students, 66 percent of the Asian Americans had high English proficiency as compared to 64 percent of the LM Hispanic Americans. Both Asian American and Hispanic American groups had 4 percent of LM students showing low English proficiency. Overall, the study found many similarities between the two groups. However, differences are apparent when data are divided along language proficiency, mathematics achievement, aspiration, and other measures. Statistical data are provided in 33 tables and 44 graphs. Appendices present selected survey questions, technical notes and methodology, and 109 standard error tables. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Asian American Students, Demography, English (Second Language), Grade 8, Hispanic American Students, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Language Proficiency, Limited English Speaking, Mathematics Achievement, Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Social Characteristics, Spanish Speaking, Student Characteristics
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.