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ERIC Number: ED505351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-16
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Appraisal of Parents' Awareness of the Student Support Team's Purpose and Process and the Impact on Parent Participation and Student Achievement
Ford, Cheryl
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The purpose of this study was to assess parents' awareness of the student support team (SST) as a method to increase parents' participation in the process and to impact student achievement. The student support team (SST) develops strategies and interventions to assist students that are experiencing academic or behavioral challenges in the classroom. Parents are a vital part of this team and are often absent from the SST meetings. Most often they do not initiate support from the team or seek information about these services. Parents were given a survey that addressed their knowledge about the purpose of the SST and their need for information about the process. There were 116 parents of elementary school children in grades K-5 that completed the survey. Results indicated that 44% of the respondents surveyed were unaware of the existence of the SST and 53% were unfamiliar with the purpose. Of these respondents, 90% indicated that they needed more information about the SST. Results showed that there is a strong need for interventions that will provide parents with the information they need for knowledge and awareness. Recommendations for this study are to implement interventions and to do a follow-up study to compare parent participation in the SST process before and after the implementation of interventions. Five tables are appended: (1) Survey statements and results; (2) Survey responses per grade level; (3) Interview responses by certified staff; (4) Responses from certified staff; and (5) Interview responses by certified staff.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A