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Parental Involvement in Learning: Statistics (page 3)

— National Institute for Literacy
Updated on Jul 26, 2007

Schools and Parental Involvement

In the 1997 National Portrait Study on the schooling experiences of children:

  • 89% of parents said that their child's school treated them as important partners in their child's education,
  • 77% felt that teachers need to learn more about encouraging involvement, and
  • 38% of parents had never been asked how their school might help them become more involved at school.
  • 3 in 10 parents reported that schools required parents to sign all homework,
  • 5 in 10 reported that schools offered a summer reading list,
  • 3 in 10 reported that schools sponsored in-class learning agreements, and
  • 3 in 10 reported that schools sponsored at-home learning agreements.
  • 2 in 10 reported that schools assigned monthly (or less than monthly) parent/child homework,
  • 4 in 10 reported weekly parent/child homework assignments, and
  • 1 in 10 reported never receiving parent/child homework assignments.

A study that examined the level of agreement between the Survey on Family and School Partnerships in Public Schools, K-8, and the Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey of the National Household Education Surveys Program found the following in 1996:

  • 81.5% of public K-8 schools reported that they provided information to parents about child or adolescent development, and
  • 72.9% of parents reported that their child's school helped them understand what children at their child's age are like.
  • 99.0% of public K-8 schools reported that they made volunteer opportunities in schools available to parents, and
  • 89.7% of parents reported that schools made them aware of chances to volunteer at their child's school.
  • 89.0% of public K-8 schools reported that they provided information to parents about helping children with homework, and
  • 75.7% of parents reported that they received this information.
  • 97.6% of public K-8 schools reported that they included parents in making decisions on various school issues, and
  • 74.8% of parents reported that schools included them on committees that make decisions about school policies.
  • 88.0% of public K-8 schools reported that they provided information to parents about community services to help children and families, and
  • 72.2% of parents reported that they received this information.

A survey on family and school partnerships done in 1996, found for public schools (K-8):

  • 35% had a parent resource center,
  • 12% were developing one, and
  • 53% did not have one.
  • 14% of parent resource centers were used by parents very frequently,
  • 46% were used somewhat frequently,
  • 37% were used infrequently or not at all, and
  • 3% did not know.

Public elementary schools considered the following issues to be barriers to a great or moderate extent to parent involvement in their school:

Parent-centered barriers

  • 87% perceived a lack of time on the part of parents,
  • 38% stated a lack of parent education to help with schoolwork,
  • 23% stated cultural or socioeconomic differences between parents and staff,
  • 23% stated parent attitudes about the school, and
  • 12% stated language difference between parents and staff.

Staff/school-centered barriers

  • 56% perceived a lack of time on the part of staff as a barrier to a great or moderate extent to parent involvement in their school,
  • 48% stated a lack of staff training in working with parents,
  • 18% stated staff attitudes about the parents, and
  • 9% stated concerns about safety in the area after school hours.
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