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ERIC Number: EJ1042752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
The Effect of Community Linguistic Isolation on Language-Minority Student Achievement in High School
Drake, Timothy Arthur
Educational Researcher, v43 n7 p327-340 Oct 2014
Research on language-minority student outcomes has revealed sizeable and persistent achievement gaps. The reasons for these gaps are often closely linked with other factors related to underperformance, including generational status, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Using sociocultural second-language acquisition theories and community linguistic capital as a theoretical frame, this study builds upon the extant literature to examine the relationship between community linguistic isolation and language-minority 10th-grade student achievement outcomes. I find that language minority achievement gaps are three to five tenths of a standard deviation in reading and math but that the effect is attenuated by increased levels of linguistic isolation. These results appear robust to a number of specifications. Possible reasons for the attenuation are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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