Parental Involvement is the Key to Student Success

Many researchers have concluded that the number one reason some students succeed and others do not is parental involvement. Parental involvement is a more important factor than social class, school of attendance, and the educational attainment of a student’s parents. According to popular educational research:

•Parents need to be involved in their children’s education at home. They need to check and review homework on a daily basis. Parents need to be involved at school. Working for the booster club, band parents organization, the PHS Drama parents, or simply volunteering to help where you can will emphasize to our students that school is worth spending some time on. Come to school and get to know us. I personally welcome you to visit us at any time!

•Reading achievement is more dependent on learning activities in the home than is math or science. Although reading aloud to your high school student probably will not be a real popular activity, reading and discussing the same book or article could stimulate a love of reading and an enriched relationship between you and your student. Of course reading to your younger children is very important. Why not have your high school age student spend some time reading to his or her younger sibling if possible!

•When children and parents talk regularly about school, students perform better academically. Ask about school on a daily basis and please share any concerns you might have with your student’s teacher and/or principal.

•Three kinds of parental involvement at home are consistently associated with higher student achievement: actively organizing and monitoring your students time, helping with homework and discussing school matters.

•Positive results of parental involvement include improved student achievement, reduced absenteeism, improved behavior, and restored confidence among parents in their children’s schooling.

6 thoughts on “Parental Involvement is the Key to Student Success

  1. I heartily agree with the reading aspect. The daughter is not an avid reader, but whenever she DOES get interested in something, I make a point of reading it myself and talking about it with her. The son has pretty high-tone literary tastes that have forced me to reread some books that I read in college. I try to talk about their reading interests even now – and they are 18 and 22!

  2. I also think this is right on the money. Nothing we do can replace the thought that parents know and care what's going on. I also tried to read all the books my sons read in high school, although I have to admit I can't keep that up now. I always found it very enjoyable.

  3. Thanks for joining the conversation Jim! We have made a lot of changes at PCHS in the last few years. I think our next hurdle is to begin a conversation with our parents and do the best we can to help them help their students! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

  4. I have even read some of the books the students here at PCHS have read. I enjoy quizzing them. They can't believe I will read the same book just to be reading it (not for a grade). I also enjoy reading what my girls read. Audrey hooked me on the Twilight series which I read this summer; however, I could not get into the Harry Potter series. I just wish I had more time during the school year.

  5. I am the same way Mrs. P. I could not read the Harry Potter books. I like to read non fiction. I have always enjoyed reading to my kids. I even read part of an American History chapter to my 7th grader tonight. What do you do to help your kids do well in school?

  6. I don't remember the exact statistic, but at one of the sessions I attended in Atlanta on the subject of Freshmen Academies, they pointed out that attendance during the first 90 days (at least I think it was 90, it could have been some other number) is the most accurate indicator of whether or not a student will graduate. They stated that it was more accurate than grades earned in middle school, scores on standardized test, socio-economic status, parents' level of education, you name it. According to them, and it seems logical to me, if we can get these kids to attend every day at the beginning of their freshman year, we will get them through to graduation. It basically comes down to establishing a solid base with them. If they are able to begin a pattern of truancy early on, it is nearly impossible to change it. This is where establishing a relationship with parents becomes critically important. We need parents to partner with us to get these kids through our doors. I think a Freshmen Academy and extensive orientation process, which includes parents, could make an incredible difference in attendance and achievement in our school.

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