Education K-12 M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliot, Nathan

Second Reader

Lisa Silmser


This paper researches factors impacting racial minority student achievement. The question “What factors impact racial minority student achievement?” was used to find published research articles. While the research does not specifically state that racial minority students are the only ones impacted, additional research was done to support these factors and explain how they are impacted to a greater degree than their white counterparts. Six factors were identified as prominent influences on racial minority student achievement: peers and friends, school culture and staff within the building, social media, family and culture, socioeconomic status, and intrinsic and other self-related factors. Research determined that these factors profoundly affected racial minority students' achievement both positively and negatively. These results demonstrate that a student’s efforts, beliefs, and intentions dictate whether or not they succeed academically.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis