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What Is Parent Involvement and Why Does It Matter?

It  has long been recognized that parent involvement positively impacts children’s performance in school. A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement clearly documents the facts (Henderson and Mapp, 2002):

  • When parents talk to their children about school, expect them to do well, help them plan for college, and make sure that out-of-school activities are constructive; their children do better in school.
  • When schools engage families in ways that are linked to improving learning, students make greater gains.
  • When schools build partnerships with families that respond to their concerns and honor their contributions, they are successful in sustaining connections that are aimed at improving school achievement.
  • When families and communities organize to hold poorly performing schools accountable, studies suggest that school districts make positive changes in policy, practice and resources.