Metro Atlanta Policy Lab for Education
What are the effects of having refugee students as peers?
A snapshot of the student population in the school district in our study reveals that there were approximately 4,200 refugee students across all grades (K-12) in 2017. Thus, refugee students made up roughly 4 percent of the total student population in the district. On average, there were about 320 refugee students per grade, with significant variation across grades. For example, while roughly 3 percent of first graders were refugees, this proportion climbs to nearly 6 percent among ninth graders.
Refugee students in the district come from a variety of countries and enter with varying language skills. In 2017, over 70 countries were represented among the refugee population. The top country of birth for refugee students in the district was Burma (Myanmar), followed by Nepal, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Thailand, and Iraq. Approximately 20 percent of refugee students did not receive English as a Second Language (ESL) services.
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