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Why is parent involvement such a big deal?

by PTO Today, August 2017

Two major studies from the 1990s and 2000s showed the positive effect parent involvement has on student achievement and other success factors. They were so influential that researchers today still reference them frequently. A more recent study—published in 2012 by researchers at North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of California, Irvine—reinforced these earlier studies and found that family involvement has a greater effect on positive academic performance than does the quality of the school building. And it’s not just students who are positively affected; parents, teachers, and schools as a whole also experience benefits.

When parents are involved in their children’s education, those children are more likely to:

  • Earn better grades.
  • Score higher on tests.
  • Attend school regularly.
  • Have better social skills.
  • Show improved behavior.
  • Be more positive in their attitude toward school.
  • Complete homework assignments.
  • Graduate and continue their education.

Parents are more likely to:

  • Be more confident at school.
  • Be more confident in themselves as parents and in their abilities to help their children learn.
  • Be held in higher esteem by teachers.
  • Continue their own education.

Schools are more likely to have:

  • Better morale among teachers.
  • Higher ratings of teachers by parents.
  • More support from families.
  • A better reputation in the community.

Need a few more reasons–join us at an upcoming PTO meeting to find out more about how we are making the Clifford community a better place.  We need your help!