Recent Research on Parent/Family Participation in Education

Schools with lower student-teacher ratio do a better job of engaging parents

Schools with lower student-teacher ratio do a better job of engaging parents

Parents of children in classrooms with low student-teacher ratios are more likely to report that schools try to engage them in their children’s education than parents of children in classrooms with high student-teacher ratios, says a new study in The Journal of Educational Research.  Student-teacher ratio was more important than school size, grade level or… Tell Me More »

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Five recommendations for improving transitions to high school

When students transition to high school, academic achievement declines as a result, says a recent study in Preventing School Failure, and it can take students up to a year to return to their previous level of academic achievement. Most schools provide minimal support to students before and during the transition. The 3 most common support… Tell Me More »

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Middle school homework intervention improves student grades

Students with organization problems waste a lot of their time and energy–and a lot of their parents’ and teachers’ time and energy–getting their homework done.  Disorganized students also get lower grades, a trend that escalates as students progress through school. School Psychology Review reports that a middle school intervention to improve organizational skills was effective… Tell Me More »

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For middle school readers, standardized interventions may work as well as individualized ones

How much individualized intervention do middle school students need if their reading skills are below grade level and they have not been responsive to Tier 2 interventions? A year-long study of 7th-8th graders receiving Tier 3 interventions in small groups of 4-5 students concludes that individualized intervention is not necessarily superior to standardized interventions, even… Tell Me More »

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Educators vote on most important educational policy books of the decade

According to a poll of more than 4,000 readers of the journal Education Next, the most important education policy  book of the decade is The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education (2010) by Diane Ravitch,  an education historian and former assistant secretary of education. Once… Tell Me More »

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Building child-parent interactions into homework lowers stress, boosts learning

Homework is a source of stress and tension in many families. One study found that 29% of parents reported that homework was a “major source of stress” at home. In a recent study in the Journal of Advanced Academics, researcher Frances Landis Van Voorhis says that teachers can reduce some of the tension and stress… Tell Me More »

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Authoritative parenting style is model for school discipline style

Adolescents have been shown to thrive under the care of parents with an authoritative parenting style, a style that combines structure and strict enforcement of rules with support and responsiveness to the teens’ needs, says a recent study in the Journal of Educational Psychology. High schools that mimic this parenting style, that blend structure and… Tell Me More »

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School invites parents to join teachers in ‘collegial circle’ on parent involvement

Do you want to find out how to get parents more involved in improving student literacy? Create a study and discussion group or a “collegial circle” on parent involvement and invite parents to be equal participants in the group, says researcher Carol Yerger St. George in a recent issue of The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin…. Tell Me More »

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ELL children act as ‘literacy brokers’ for parents

Getting a permission slip from home is one example of the “literacy brokering” that a child from an immigrant family engages in to help family members understand the unfamiliar texts and literary practices of their new home, writes Kristen Perry in a recent study in Reading Research Quarterly. Children, themselves often English Language Learners (ELLs),… Tell Me More »

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Middle-class parent involvement in urban schools a mixed blessing

Middle-class families who move back to the city with their children or decide to send their children to a urban public school rather than a private can be a mixed blessing to urban schools, finds a recent study in the American Educational Research Journal. Middle class families can bring many resources to their children’s new schools but their involvement… Tell Me More »