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Families are actively involved in their children's education


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% families reporting involvement with children’s education

 "Students whose parents stay closely involved in their educational progress throughout elementary and high school are more likely to stay in school and to enter and finish college."1  It has also been shown that "families are best able to improve their children’s life chances when they create a home environment that encourages learning, express high but realistic expectations for their children’s achievement and future careers, and are involved in their children’s school and community."2

% families participating in parent-teacher conferences

Research has shown that the relationship between parents and teachers can improve both children’s behavior and their academic achievement.  When parents actively participate in their child’s school and interact with their child’s teacher, they gain a greater understanding of the expectations that schools have for students and learn how they can enhance their own child’s learning at home, according to a study of 1,200 New England urban students.3

% families reporting positive interactions with the school

Families feel more capable of contributing to their child’s education when his/her school makes efforts to build cooperative, respectful relationship between the school’s staff and families. Studies show that when the school frequently communicates with parents and offers them meaningful opportunities to be involved, parents feel more connected to their child’s school.  In one such study, each of nine middle schools showed that a school’s sense of community is strengthened when a principal acts as an effective leader and when teachers communicate effectively with parents about their students’ progress.4  

% teachers reporting positive interaction with families

Student success also relies on the positive interaction of teachers with students’ families. A study by Larueau showed that teachers tend to have higher expectations of students whose parents are more involved in schools; the same study also found that children whose parents are more involved tend to earn higher test scores.5

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1 Eagle, 1989; Epstein, 1992, in Making the Difference
2 Henderson and Berla, 1994, in Making the Difference
3 Izzo, Weissberg, Kasprow and Fendrich, 1999, in Making the Difference
4 Belenardo, 200, Making the Difference
5 Larueau, 1987, Making the Difference
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