ERIC Number: ED407483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Overcoming Barriers to Family Involvement in Title I Schools. Report to Congress.
Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the Improving America's Schools Act (IASA) requires all schools and districts receiving Title I money to engage in an extensive array of activities to build the capacity of parents and school staff to work together in support of students' learning. Title I also requires schools to develop, with parents, a written parent involvement policy that describes how schools will keep parents adequately informed and how they will involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs. IASA requires that the Department of Education conduct a study of parent involvement to identify and describe common barriers to parent involvement and successful local policies that improve parental involvement and the performance of participating children. Data sources for the Department's study include: (1) a review of the research literature; (2) the Fast Response Survey of School and Family Partnerships in Public Schools, K-8 (nationally representative study of 810 schools); (3) the Parent/Family Involvement component of the National Household Education Survey (NHES) (a nationally representative survey of 20,792 children and their parents); (4) profiles of 20 local Title I programs; (5) parent focus group interviews at 5 of these sites; and (6) a survey of 36 state educational agencies regarding state activities to promote school and family partnerships. Many barriers to parent participation are identified, and the profiles of the 20 local sites are analyzed. Three appendixes discuss NHES results, local approaches to promoting parent involvement, and a survey conducted by the Council of Chief State School Officers. (Contains 33 exhibits, 3 appendix exhibits, and 39 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, National Surveys, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Profiles, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, School Involvement, State Departments of Education, State Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on the Education of At-Risk Students (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I; Improving Americas Schools Act 1994
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Fast Response Survey System; National Household Education Survey