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Citation:Simon, B. S. (2000). Predictors of high school and family partnerships and the influence of partnerships on student success. Unpublished Doctoral dissertation, Johns Hopkins University.

How do high schools, families, and communities connect to support students, and in what ways do those connections contribute to strengthening student success in school? The research revealed that schools, families, and communities participate in a range of partnerships that support student development through grade 12. Analyses revealed several examples of stronger relationships between partnership practices and student outcomes. While parent involvement differed with a childÕs age and between different ethnicities, the most effective practice for increasing family involvement was a high schoolÕs outreach to parents and families. This study explored National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS: 88) data of a representative sample of 11,348 students and analyzed the associated administrator and parent results. Measures of student achievement included standardized test scores, course credits acquired, absences, school behavior, and school preparedness. Findings suggested that schools can increase family partnerships by reaching out to parents, that many teens do spend time with their families, and families matter for teen school success. Because it relies upon NELS:88 data, this study is limited in its ability to claim cause and effect. It does, however, provide a summary of the latest NELS:88 data studies and their weaknesses and strengths.

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