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ERIC Number: ED505235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 41
Reaching Out to Families and The Community: How Some High-Performing Schools Are Engaging Families and Citizens to Support Student Achievement. Issue Brief
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
Strong relationships with adults who provide support are essential to the healthy development of children. Principals and staff in successful schools have found that respecting and addressing the needs and preferences of families and community members can be instrumental in forming lasting relationships. Through strong partnerships, successful schools are demonstrating the positive impact that family and community involvement can have on student achievement. This Issue Brief highlights the ways in which selected high-performing schools incorporate parent and community involvement in their efforts to increase student achievement in schools where: (1) A significant population of children are living in poverty and/or are children of color; (2) Proficiency rates are above 80 percent, or on a very rapid improvement trajectory; (3) Student achievement are relatively small in comparison with achievement gaps statewide; (4) Two years' worth of comparable data are available; (5) Graduation rate is high and a high proportion of freshmen became seniors four years later; (6) Adequate yearly progress is met; and (7) Enrollment is open to all neighborhood children. [The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement is administered by Learning Point Associates in partnership with the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), under contract with the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. This Issue Brief was written by Warger, Eavy & Associates.]
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement. 1100 17th Street NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20035. Tel: 877-277-2744; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
Identifiers - Location: Delaware; New York; Washington