ERIC Number: ED311596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
How Involved Are State Education Agencies in Parent Involvement? IRE Report No. 17.
Nardine, Frank E.; And Others
A study attempted to determine the validity of Jean Epstein's contention that "words about the importance of parent involvement are meaningless without financial and technical support." A survey questionnaire was mailed to 197 individuals (including all 50 state superintendents of education) and 38 individuals suggested by respondents. In all, 116 questionnaires representing all 50 states were included for analysis. Overall, findings indicated that parent involvement programs at the state level are at best minimal. State educational agency support for parent involvement is measured in terms of staff allocation, expenditures, and concrete programs and activities. The level of staffing in all states is very small. States that might claim to provide leadership in parent involvement programs are providing insufficient monetary and human resources to ensure healthy and continued collaboration on the district and local level between the school and the home. It is apparent that state-level administrators seem to be delimiting the parent involvement role. Two data tables, three state parent involvement staff allocation maps, and a listing of the frequency of parent involvement technical assistance are appended. (13 references) (SI)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Financial Support, Instructional Leadership, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, State Departments of Education, Superintendents
Publications, Institute for Responsive Education, 605 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.