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ERIC Number: ED539609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 80
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 32
It Takes a Parent: Transforming Education in the Wake of the No Child Left Behind Act. Recommendations Regarding the Vital Role of Parents and Guardians in Achieving Student and School Success
Testing and accountability have commanded almost constant attention since the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) became federal law four years ago. What is frequently overlooked is the special power of parents to lift their children to new academic heights. The partnership helps to achieve the primary aims of that law. Without better informed and involved parents, all of the testing and data becomes, for some, the proverbial fallen tree in the forest that no one hears. Thus, NCLB should be understood, embraced, and ultimately evaluated, in part, on its success in educating and engaging parents. NCLB says plainly that parents should be two things: (1) Informed of the academic progress of their children and the performance of their schools; and (2) Involved in meaningful ways as a partner with school officials. This report looks at how parental involvement works in public elementary and secondary schools and what still needs to be done. While the findings and recommendations are based on research in six states and eighteen school districts, the results are symbolic of what is occurring at the more than 90,000 elementary and secondary public school buildings in the 50 states. A Toolkit for Districts, Schools, and Parents is appended. (Contains 38 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Authoring Institution: Appleseed
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001