Immigrant and Native-born Differences in School Stability and Special Education: Evidence from New York City

Schwartz, A.E., Conger, D. & Stiefel, L.
International Migration Review, June 2007, Volume 41, Number 2, pp. 403-432(30).

Using the literature on achievement differences as a framework and motivation, along with data on New York City students, we examine nativity differences in students' rates of attendance, school mobility, school system exit, and special education participation. The results indicate that, holding demographic and school characteristics constant, foreign-born have higher attendance rates and lower rates of participation in special education than native-born. Among first graders, immigrants are also more likely to transfer schools and exit the school system between years than native-born, yet the patterns are different among older students. We also identify large variation according to birth region.

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