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ERIC Number: ED567596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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Parent Adoption of School Communications Technology: A 12-School Experiment of Default Enrollment Policies
Bergman, Peter; Rogers, Todd
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
Providing parents access to their child's grades, missing assignment information, or personalized teacher suggestions has been shown to improve parental engagement and increase student achievement for low-income, minority students. This project aims to test an automated, scalable text-message system designed to improve outcomes for low-income students in grades 6-12. More generally, this project has implications for how school districts target parent communications, and the policies districts adopt when deploying new technologies designed to improve student achievement. It also provides insight into whether the students of parents who explicitly request this service benefit more or less than students of parents who do not request it. The study involves 6,976 students enrolled in grades 6 to 12 in 12 schools in a large urban school district in the 2014-2015 school year. Students were randomly assigned to one of three conditions (in unequal proportions decided ex ante). This study incorporated various data sets pulled directly from the administrative records of the school district. Data analyses were conducted using OLS regressions to generate treatment effect magnitudes. Findings show that empowering parents with actionable and timely information can improve student achievement, and that student outcomes are not maximized by asking parents to actively enroll in information programs; rather student outcomes are maximized by automatically enrolling parents in information programs and offering them the opportunity to opt-out. [SREE documents are structured abstracts of SREE conference symposium, panel, and paper or poster submissions.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)