The academic success of East Asian American Youth: The role of shadow education

Soo-yong Byun, Hyunjoon Park

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Abstract

Using data from the Education Longitudinal Study, this study assessed the relevance of shadow education to the high academic performance of East Asian American students by examining how East Asian American students differed from other racial/ethnic students in the prevalence, purpose, and effects of using the two forms-commercial test preparation service and private one-to-one tutoring-of SAT coaching, defined as the American style of shadow education. East Asian American students were most likely to take a commercial SAT test preparation course for the enrichment purpose and benefited most from taking this particular form of SAT coaching. However, this was not the case for private SAT one-to-one tutoring. While black students were most likely to utilize private tutoring for the remedial purpose, the impact of private tutoring was trivial for all racial/ethnic groups, including East Asian American students. The authors discuss broader implications of the findings on racial/ethnic inequalities in educational achievement beyond the relevance of shadow education for the academic success of East Asian American students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-60
Number of pages21
JournalSociology of Education
Volume85
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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