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Mass immigration adversely affects reading and math skills of immigrant students, a study reveals

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According to Jack Martin, a former U.S. diplomat, and board member of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the poor performance may be due to the absence of assimilation.

The influx of immigration has led to a deterioration in the reading and math efficiency skills of the students studying in 4th and 8th grade and born to immigrant families. The study was conducted by the Anne E Casey Foundation, Breitbart reported.

“On most of the measures we track in Race for Results, children in immigrant families fare worse than those in U.S.-born families,” the study authors said. “Especially troubling are the large gaps in many of the education measures of both children and their parents.”

Reportedly, only eight percent of students studying the 4th grade and living in immigrant families scored at or above the proficiency level in reading. The study found that the situation is much worse when it comes to math. It said only five percent of students, coming from immigrant households, in 8th grade could score at or above the proficiency level.

In comparison, 38 percent of the students in the 4th grade who are born in the US to non-foreign families scored at or above the reading proficiency level. Regarding the 8th grade students, 34 percent scored at or above the math proficiency.

In addition, there is a stark contrast to the qualification of the parents too. The study found that only 70 percent live with parents or guardians who have a high school diploma. Whereas, when it comes to children in the US-born families, 91 percent of their householders have high school diploma.

According to Jack Martin, a former U.S. diplomat, and board member of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the poor performance may be due to the absence of assimilation.

“The result according to the report is that children of immigrants are lagging educationally, and more must be done to improve their performance,” Martin said, Breitbart reported. “There is, of course, another way of looking at the report’s findings. Excessive immigration, which diminishes assimilation, adversely burdens schools, degrades learning opportunities for other students and is a financial burden on the communities in which they reside.”