How parental involvement affects education

There are a variety of factors that contribute to a student’s educational success, such as attendance, study habits, sleep habits, testing abilities, etc. Additionally, many research studies have shown that parental involvement has a positive effect on student’s academic and behavioral performance in school.

Regardless of income or background, research, such as the Harvard Family Research Project, shows that parental involvement boosts achievement in grades, standardized test scores, attendance, behavior and social skills.
How can parents be involved?

  • Communication- Being in close contact with your child’s educators is critical to understanding your child’s progress.
  • Volunteer opportunities- Opportunities to volunteer depend on your child’s school’s policies and needs. Some schools invite parents to help in the classroom, go on field trips or help with organizational tasks. Being physically present at school illustrates to your child that you prioritize education.
  • Setting expectations- Simply encouraging kids to take more advanced classes and strive to attend college can increase their odds of achieving higher education.
  • Promoting education at home- Understanding what lessons are being learned at any given time can help parents identify enrichment opportunities at home. It is also helpful to have regular discussions with your child about current lessons and their understanding of the concepts being presented.

Parents sometimes feel that they would like to help in the classroom, but are not sure what to do. See more on parent and educator expectations and ideas on how to get involved in the classroom in the infographic below: