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Citation:Hawes, C. A., & Plourde, L. A. (2005). Parental involvement and its influence on the reading achievement of 6th grade students. Reading Improvement, 42(1), 47-57.

The purpose of this correlational study is to examine the relationship between parental involvement and reading achievement in sixth grade students. The results did not show a strong relationship between the two parameters; a weak positive correlation was found, but it was not statistically significant. Fifty-seven sixth grade students enrolled in an East Central Washington middle school, in addition to their parents or guardians, participated in the study by completing a Parental Involvement Survey (available in both English and Spanish) created by the researcher. The results of the survey were then compared to reading achievement measured by the McLeod Reading Comprehension Test. The study was limited by the use of only one classroom of students; future research including randomized controlled trials should utilize a larger sample size to measure the effects of parental involvement activities on middle level students achievement.

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