Getting Involved in Your Child’s Education
Whether your child is new to school this year or getting ready to graduate, participating in their education is one of the most important things you can do to ensure their academic success. This fact sheet will define Parent Involvement, tell you what the research says, and give you some tips that can help you work more effectively with your child’s school.
What Is Parent Involvement?
The Federal Department of Education says that Parent Involvement in education is the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities. Schools with a strong commitment to involving families ensure that:
- parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning
- parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school
- parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included in decision making
- parents are represented on school advisory committees
Why Is Parent Involvement Important?
Research has shown that parent involvement in education is a more important predictor of student success than family income level or the how much education the parents completed. In fact, kids are most likely to succeed when their families:
- create a home environment that encourages learning
- communicate high, yet reasonable, expectations for the child’s achievement and future career
- become involved in the child’s education at school and in the community
When parents are involved, children are more likely to:
- get better grades and test scores
- graduate from high school at higher rates
- go on to higher education
- be better behaved and have more positive attitudes
Family involvement in education impacts more than grades. Research has shown that:
- alcohol use, violence and antisocial behaviors tend to decrease as parent involvement increases
- educators tend to hold higher expectations of students whose parents talk regularly with teachers
- when parents are involved, students usually have better attitudes, are more motivated toward school, and have better self-esteem
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