Produced in collaboration with New America Media, this EdSource report reviews compelling research showing that parent involvement in their children’s school is associated with a range of positive outcomes for students and greater teacher satisfaction.

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  1. Floyd Thursby 1941 4 years ago4 years ago

    I wonder how strong the connection would be if it were adjusted for income. I am in a lot of PTAs/PTSAs and I try to encourage spending money on tutoring or school supplies. I get a lot of bureaucratic excuses and everyone seems more focused on a museum trip or a camping trip than the actual test scores and grades of the students. I've tried to do things which would enable a … Read More

    I wonder how strong the connection would be if it were adjusted for income. I am in a lot of PTAs/PTSAs and I try to encourage spending money on tutoring or school supplies. I get a lot of bureaucratic excuses and everyone seems more focused on a museum trip or a camping trip than the actual test scores and grades of the students. I’ve tried to do things which would enable a higher percentage to get tutoring, work harder, know the goalposts and qualify for Lowell High School, which is designed to select the top 15% of San Francisco students. Many kids don’t get in due to one B that could have been an A with a tutor or more Saturday work, and many private school kids get in over public school ones. It’s a free education at a school which is by all statistical measures better than schools costing 25-40k a year. However, few parents have been interested in my ideas to improve the API score, have homework clubs, have more awareness of the admissions criteria (false rumors circulate, some teachers tell kids straight As and perfect test scores are no guarantee of admission to Lowell, which is false and makes kids think they don’t control whether they get in or not and work less hard). Even at the elementary school level, I’ve encouraged homework clubs, tutoring help for poor kids, etc.

    I believe being involved and PTAs could make a world of difference in improving the kids’, and other kids’, grades and test scores but thus far I have been disappointed in the efforts and focus. Everyone loves a play structure, but it’s your grades and test scores which will determine the future quality of your life.