ERIC Number: ED436268
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Parental Involvement in Education. Measuring Up: The State of Texas Education. A Special Report of the Texas Kids Count Project.
Texas Univ., Austin. Center for Public Policy Priorities.; Texas Kids Count Project, Austin.
Noting that one of the most frequently cited recommendations for improving school safety has been to increase parental involvement, this report explores the variety of ways that parents can be involved in their children's education. The report delineates factors placing a child at risk for underachievement at school and notes that while parents cannot always change these risk factors, they have a great influence over many challenges. In addition, the report lists obstacles encountered by parents in trying to participate in their child's education and notes that examining each barrier can make possible the creation of new approaches that foster participation. The report further maintains that greater understanding is needed about the areas of involvement that are most effective in improving student achievement. Several ways parents can become directly involved in their child's education are delineated, and indirect influences of parents in the school environment, at home, and in the community are described. In addition, the report describes possible practices schools can use to maximize their investment in family and school connections. Finally, the report describes the Alliance Schools Initiative as a model program, a community-based program to increase student achievement in low-income areas throughout Texas. The report concludes by noting that although additional research is needed to understand the types of parental involvement that are most beneficial, it is clear that students achieve more when parents provide good reading materials, monitor television viewing, supervise homework, and hold reasonably high expectations of their children's performance. (Contains 48 notes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parents
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Center for Public Policy Priorities.; Texas Kids Count Project, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas