It is widely assumed that Asian Americans are a “model minority” reaching great heights of educational achievement. Not so fast, say Professor Valerie Pang her research colleagues Peggy P. Han and Jennifer M. Pang in their article “ Asian American and Pacific Islander Students: Equity and the Achievement Gap.”
Professor Pang and her colleagues studied more than 1 million Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and White seventh graders in a statewide California testing program between 2003 and 2008, examining their reading and math achievement. They found that the common idea of AAPI students as a high-achieving, model minority is a myth. The evidence indicated that AAPI students are diverse in their achievements and demonstrate a continuum of academic performance.