RESEARCH

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT RESEARCH

Why Family Engagement?

  • The most consistent predictors of children’s academic achievement and social adjustment are parent expectations of the child’s academic attainment and satisfaction with their child’s education at school. – Reynolds, et, al., (6)
  • The earlier in a child’s educational process parent involvement (family engagement) begins, the more powerful the effects. – Cotton, K., Wikelund, K., Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, School Improvement Research Series. In Parent Involvement in Education.
  • The most effective forms of parent involvement are those, which engage parents in working directly with their children on learning activities at home. – Cotton, K., Wikelund, K., Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, School Improvement Research Series. In Parent Involvement in Education.
  • Family participation in education was twice as predictive of students’ academic success as family socioeconomic status. Some of the more intensive family engagement programs had effects that were 10 times greater than other factors. – Walberg (1984)
  • Parents need specific information on how to help and what to do. – Roberts, 1992. Karen Yeok-Hwa, 1999
  • 72% of principals surveyed in 2012 found it very challenging or challenging to engage parents and the community in improving the education of students. – Metlife2012
  • 73% of teachers surveyed in 2012 found it very challenging or challenging to engage parents and the community in improving the education of students. – Metlife2012
  • Parents express a genuine and deep-seated desire to help their children succeed academically, regardless of differences in socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and cultural background. -Mapp (1999)
  • Decades of research show when parents are involved students have:
    • Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
    • Better school attendance
    • Increased motivation, better self-esteem
    • Lower rates of suspension
    • Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
    • Fewer instances of violent behavior
  • National Parent Teacher Association
  • School benefits:
    • Improves teacher morale
    • Higher ratings of teachers by parents
    • More support from families
    • Higher student achievement
    • Better reputations in the community
  • A New Generation of Evidence: The Family is Critical to Student Achievement, edited by Anne T. Henderson and Nancy Berla, Center for Law and Education, Washington, D.C., 1994 (third printing, 1996)

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