ERIC Number: ED358533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Involving Minority Parents of At-Risk Children. A Parent/School Partnership.
McDaniel, Evangeline; Mack, Valor H.
First-year outcomes of a project called Involving Minority Parents of At-risk Children (IMPAC), a parent-school partnership implemented at the Carrington Middle School in Durham, North Carolina, are described in this paper. Begun during the 1991-92 school year, the program serves a predominantly African American population. Processes and activities to achieve program goals, i.e., to improve student attendance, academic performance, and parent involvement, are described. Program components include parent workshops, a learning resource center, an incentive program to reduce student absenteeism, and a communications network. Overall, during the 1991-92, school year parent participation was overwhelmingly better than it had been during the 1990-91 school year. In pre- and post-surveys, most parents said that they benefitted from the workshops. Student scores on the California Achievement Test (CAT) improved by 13 percent, although findings are inconclusive in determining how many students passed core subjects. The tutorial program was judged to be successful, and a monthly newspaper was published by students and parents. Finally, the program reduced absenteeism by 20 percent, falling short of its 25 percent target. Appendices contain a tutorial referral form, parent and student surveys, and a parent workshop activity evaluation form. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Durham County Schools, NC.