Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Special Education: M.S.


Special Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Marc Markell

Second Advisor

Jerry Wellik

Third Advisor

Hsueh-I Lo

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Academic Achievement gap


This literature review focused on research regarding the Hispanic population, currently the largest racial minority group in the U.S., and provided perspectives on the four types of family factors which affect academic success among Hispanic immigrant students. The findings in Chapter 2 revealed that each family factor was significantly related to student performance; for instance, Hispanic students who speak more English in the home demonstrated higher academic achievement levels. However, other factors including financial stress, parent-child conflict, and residential instability negatively impacted students’ outcomes. Future studies should consider these findings more carefully and in relation to one another in order to develop effective family support programs that can productively promote Hispanic students’ academic achievement levels.



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