It may be one of the least controversial statements in American education: Parent involvement can make a difference in a child’s education. The misunderstanding can come, though, on how to define that involvement. Do all the PTA meetings, take-home flyers and Back to School nights actually generate increases in student achievement? The Center for Public Education examined the research and has the answers in its new report, “Back to school: How parent involvement affects student achievement.” You can see the press release for the report, as well.
Read the report now to find out the answers, including the six types of parent involvement and how parent involvement varies (or doesn’t!) among different groups. –Rebecca St. Andrie