According to the National PTA (2005) and PTO Today, parent involvement--or more broadly, family involvement--has been positively correlated with improving student behavior and academic success. Students who feel support from both home and school have greater self-confidence, decreasing the likelihood of at-risk behaviors such as alcohol use, violence, and other anti-social behaviors.
One study found that students from families with above-average parent involvement were 30 percent more successful in school than those with below-average involvement.
Family Involvement has a positive effect on student behavior
• When families are involved, students exhibit more positive attitudes and behavior.
• When students report feeling support from both home and school, they have more self-confidence, feel school is more important,
and they tend to do better in school.
• Student at-risk behaviors such as alcohol use, violence, and other anti-social behaviors decrease as parent involvement increases.
A Significant Difference
One study found that students from families with above-average parent involvement were 30 percent more successful in school than those with below-average involvement. Success was measured by GPA; test scores in math, science, reading, and social studies; promotion and retention rates; and teacher ratings.
Another study found that in schools where teachers reported high levels of outreach to parents, test scores grew at a rate 40 percent higher than in schools that reported low levels of outreach to parents.
Home and School
A three-year study of 12,000 high school student concluded that "When parents come to school regularly, it reinforces the view in the child's mind that school and home are connected and that school is an integral part of the whole family's life."
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