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ERIC Number: ED503237
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 37
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 50
Parent Involvement Activities in School Improvement Plans in the Northwest Region. Issues & Answers. REL 2008-No. 064
Speth, Timothy; Saifer, Steffen; Forehand, Gregory
Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest
Although the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) spells out parent involvement requirements for schools in need of improvement, the majority of the Northwest Region school improvement plans reviewed failed to include such provisions. Reported findings include: (1) Despite a wide range of parent involvement practices discussed in legislation and in the literature, school improvement plans mentioned primarily nonacademic and academic communication, and parent-teacher conferences; (2) Number of NCLB parent involvement requirements addressed in the plans decreased as the school level increased from elementary to middle to high school; (3) Even though 785 percent of the schools in improvement served English learner students, only 33 percent of the school improvement plans included activities for communicating with parents in a language they could understand; and (4) Schools that included all requirements of NCLB were primarily in states or districts that provided schools with a template for completing their school improvement plans. Two appendixes are included: (1) Methodology; and (2) Checklist for Review of Parent Involvement Activities in Northwest Region State School Improvement Plans. (Contains 2 boxes and 12 tables.) [This report was prepared for the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) by Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest administered by Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. For summary, see ED503238.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest (ED)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
IES Funded: Yes