Family & Community Engagement

  • The Family is Critical to Student Achievement

    The evidence is beyond dispute. When schools work together with families to support learning, children tend to succeed not just in school, but throughout life. In fact, the most accurate predictor of a student's achievement in school is not income or social status, but the extent to which that student's family is able to: 
    • Create a home environment that encourages learning,
    • Express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children's achievement and future careers,
    • Become involved in their children's education at school and in the community.

    Higher Grades and Test Scores
    • Better Attendance and More Homework Done
    • Fewer Placements in Special Education
    • More Positive Attitudes and Behavior
    • Higher Graduation Rates
    • Greater Enrollment in Postsecondary Education

    Benefits of Parent Involvement and Parent Education for Schools
    • Improved Teacher Morale
    • Higher Ratings of Teachers by Parents
    • More Support from Families
    • Higher Student Achievement
    • Better Reputations in the Community

    Parental Involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring -
    • that parents play an integral role in assisting their child's learning;
    • that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child's education at school;
    • that parents are full partners in their child's education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;
    • the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in Title I law and guidance.