A Parent's Guide for Helping Your Child Excel
Making Parental Involvement work for the working parent
Many parents work outside the home and find it difficult to spend time at the school during the day. However, you don’t have to take off to take your parental involvement to the next level. It’s important and easy to be a part of your child’s education; awareness of your child’s academic career does not take that much time and the benefits are invaluable.
Even the busiest parents can:
- Help their children succeed by talking candidly and constructively with their teachers about how your children’s scores fit into or are affected by the school’s performance overall.
- Ask their school’s principal or teachers how they and other parents can help the school work towards improving academic performance.
- Ask their children’s teachers to provide them with things they can do at home with their child that focus on academic objectives.
You Make the Difference
Parents can play a big role in helping reach the goal of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which is to close or dramatically narrow the differences in academic achievement among students without regard to race, ethnicity, immigrant status or wealth. All states are required to set challenging standards for what children should know and be able to do in reading, math and science at various grade levels. NCLB requires every state to bring 100 percent of students to state standards by the year 2014. An increase in Parental Involvement at every grade level can help Arkansas meet that requirement.
What is Parental Involvement?
Families have a huge influence on children’s achievement in school and throughout life. Research has proven that when families work together to support learning, children perform better in school, stay in school longer, and enjoy their education.
Parental Involvement is truly the great equalizer:
Studies have found that students with involved parents, regardless of income or background, were more likely to:
- Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs.
- Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits.
- Attend school regularly.
- Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school.
- Graduate and go on to postsecondary education.
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