ERIC Number: ED429684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Findings from an Evaluation of the Parent Institute for Quality Education Parent Involvement Program.
Zellman, Gail L.; Stecher, Brian; Klein, Stephen; McCaffrey, Daniel
An evaluation was conducted of the parent involvement program developed and provided by the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE). The PIQE program provides information and support to inner city, minority parents through an eight-session program provided at the elementary and middle school levels. The evaluation focused on child outcomes, based on two separate but complementary analyses using data from two large, urban California school districts. From the first district, evaluators collected teacher reports of student classroom behaviors and parent-school contact, and parent self-reports of changes in knowledge, expectations, and behaviors. From the second district, official school records of attendance, grades and disciplinary actions were examined. Findings show that the effects of PIQE were largely limited to parents. Virtually all PIQE graduates reported substantial changes in their knowledge, attitudes, and behavior; however, teachers reported far less contact with parents than parents reported with teachers. Teacher reports of student behaviors showed no effects of parental PIQE attendance. There were no changes in student grades or behaviors. An analysis that included only Hispanic children revealed small, insignificant but consistent improvements in children's outcomes. (Contains 18 references.) (JPB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, At Risk Persons, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Education, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Program Evaluation, Student Behavior
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Weingart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; Parent Inst. for Quality Education, CA.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Note: "With Silvia Gutierrez, Roger Madison, Denise D. Quigley, and Lisa Suarez."