NATIONAL JOURNAL FOR PUBLISHING AND MENTORING DOCTORAL STUDENT RESEARCH VOLUME 3 NUMBER 1, 2006
An Analysis of the Factors That Impact Academic
Achievement Among Asian American, AfricanAmerican, and Hispanic Students Grace Thomas Nickerson
PhD Student in Educational Leadership
Prairie View A &M University
College of Education
William Allan Kritsonis, PhD
PhD Program in Educational Leadership
Prairie View A&M University
Member of the Texas A&M University System
Visiting Lecturer (2005)
Oxford Round Table
University of Oxford, Oxford, England
Distinguished Alumnus (2004)
Central Washington University
College of Education and Professional Studies
The learning-achievement gap among minority and white students is increasing. However, Asian American students out perform white and other minority students. Even though Asian Americans have experienced the same atrocities as other minority groups, they continue to achieve at high levels. It is important to determine the factors that contribute to their success and to implement these factors into the educational practices of other minority students.
ecoming a second-rate economic power house will be the destiny of America unless it can match the educational performance of its rivals abroad in Asia. (Staples, 2005) UNICEF conducted a study on the effectiveness of educational Bsystems in the world. The United States ranked 18 out of 24 nations evaluated, with DOCTORAL FORUM NATIONAL JOURNAL FOR PUBLISHING AND MENTORING DOCTORAL STUDENT RESEARCH 2___________________________________________________________
Asian nations ranking in the top three. (Wu, 2005) Asian American students partake in the same American education as their African-American, Hispanic, and White-American counterparts, and outperform every ethnic group.
The purpose of this article is to determine what factors contribute to the high...