ERIC Number: ED355668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Back to School: How States Can Encourage Parent Involvement in Education. A Report of the Midwestern Legislative Conference.
Foster, Laura Kliewer
Reluctance to recognize the importance of parents in the education process has been overcome in the past few years. Consequently, states are searching for and implementing programs that involve parents in education. A survey of educators in the Midwest revealed strong support for parent involvement among teachers, principals, and superintendents. An unstable family life and lack of parent involvement were cited often as barriers to education. As the American family changes, it is increasingly difficult for parents to find time to be involved in education. Although parent involvement can take many forms and levels, it should be well planned, comprehensive, and continuous. Parent involvement can result in higher grades and test scores, improved student attitudes, better academic programs, and more effective schools. States can encourage parent involvement in several ways: develop a parent involvement policy, include parent involvement in teacher education, include parent involvement in federally funded programs, and restructure local administration. School choice as it might affect parent involvement is also examined. Schools also can encourage student-parent programs in math, science, and reading at home and at school. Increasing parent involvement takes time, but there are significant potential benefits to education. A list of contacts and Council of State Government publications are included. (JPT)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Family Attitudes, Family Characteristics, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent Student Relationship, Parents as Teachers, State School District Relationship, Student Development
Council of State Governments, Headquarters Office, Iron Works Pike, P.O. Box 11910, Lexington, KY 40578-1910 (Stock No. EI-26; $7).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of State Governments, Lombard, IL. Midwestern Legislative Conference.