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ERIC Number: ED502237
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 57
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
Parent and Family Involvement in Education, 2006-07 School Year, From the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2007. First Look. NCES 2008-050
Herrold, Kathleen; O'Donnell, Kevin
National Center for Education Statistics
This report presents data on parents' and families' involvement in their children's education in the United States according to parents' reports for the 2006-07 school year. It also incorporates basic demographic information about children, parent/guardian characteristics, and household characteristics. The data come from the Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey (PFI) of the 2007 National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES:2007). PFI addressed multiple topics, including school choice, homeschooling, family involvement in children's schools, factors affecting parent and family participation in school, parent support for and satisfaction with the school, parents' communication with other parents, school efforts to involve families, parent involvement with children's homework, parent and family involvement in activities outside of school, parent/family plans for postsecondary education, and child health and disability status. NHES:2007 fielded multiple interviews together including PFI and the School Readiness Survey. The sample was selected using random-digit-dial methods, and the data were collected using computer-assisted telephone interviewing technology between January and May 2007. PFI interviews were conducted with parents or guardians of a nationally representative sample of children enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade including children who were enrolled in public or private schools or homeschooled. The total number of completed PFI interviews was 10,681, representing a population of 53.2 million students in grades K through 12, when weighted to reflect national totals. The household screener interview, which contained a set of questions used to collect information on household composition and interview eligibility, had a response rate of 52.8 percent. The weighted unit response rate for the PFI survey was 74.1 percent, and the overall unit response rate was 39.1 percent. An analysis of bias in the NHES:2007 data detected no evidence of substantial non-response or non-coverage bias in the weighted estimates. Because the focus of the report is on how parents interact with schools, homeschoolers are excluded from the analyses. Results are reported as weighted means and percentages. All statements of comparison made in this report have been tested for statistical significance using two-tailed t-tests and are significant at the 95 percent confidence level. The purpose of this report is to introduce new NHES survey data through the presentation of selected descriptive information. It is noted that many of the variables examined in this report may be related to one another, and complex interactions and relationships among the variables have not been explored. The variables examined were selected to demonstrate the range of information available from the study. The release of this report is intended to encourage more in-depth analysis of the data using more sophisticated statistical methods. Three appendixes are included: (1) Technical Notes; (2) Glossary; and (3) Standard Errors. (Contains 3 footnotes, 1 figure, and 12 tables.)
National Center for Education Statistics. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
IES Funded: Yes