Capstone/Dissertation Title

Do Minnesota immersion schools follow the national trend of higher academic achievement than their non-immersion counterparts?

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

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MAT

Abstract

This capstone is centered on immersion schools in Minnesota and their academic achievement. In general, immersion schools have higher academic achievement than their non-immersion counterparts. Is this trend the same in Minnesota too? The study analyzed the MCA scores for third and fifth graders who attended five different immersion schools (urban and suburban) with non-immersion schools. The schools had similar socioeconomic status, learning English proficiency, and special education percentages. The immersed school was compared only with non-immersed schools in the same or neighboring districts. The research found that all but one immersion school was outscoring the non-immersion schools by fifth grade.

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