Every parent who has ever attended a parent-teacher conference, a back-to-school night or any other school event has probably heard the plea for parents to get involved in their child’s education. But did you know it is statistically proven that parental involvement is a consistent predictor of children’s academic achievement?
In his book, “Parental Involvement and Student Achievement” (Cambridge, MA: Routeledge, 2011), which is a meta-analysis of 52 parental involvement and student achievement studies (involving more than 300,000 students), William Jeynes, professor of education at California State University, Long Beach, discusses the most important findings about parental involvement in school.
Here are a few key points from his analysis:
With these facts in mind, here are some great ways for you to be a part of your child’s education:
The research is clear: parental involvement in school has a tremendous impact on students’ self-esteem, enthusiasm to learn and overall success. Conversely, children whose parents are disengaged and uninvolved in their education typically are schools’ lowest-performing students. Your participation matters. When you get involved in your child’s school endeavors, he or she is apt to develop a good attitude about school and learning, earn higher grades and become a lifelong learner.