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Title:Parent and family involvement in education: 2002-03
Author:Vaden-Kiernan, N., McManus, J., & Chapman, C.
Resource Type:Report
Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics; USDE Institute of Education Sciences.
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Education Level:Elementary, Middle, High
Literature type:Research and Evaluation

This report examines parents' and families' involvement in their children's education. Results show that as the students' grade level increased, parents indicated receiving less correspondence with the school. Parents of children enrolled in private schools were more likely to report that they served as a volunteer at the school, and parents who had completed higher levels of education were more likely to have attended a general school meeting. The vast majority of students had parents who 1) indicated that they assisted with homework, 2) checked that homework was completed, and 3) provided a set location for working on homework. The data analyzed in this study were obtained from the Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey of the 2003 National Household Education Surveys Program (PFI-NHES: 03). These data were collected from parents of more than 12,000 children enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade across the United States; the sample was nationally representative of all students in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This study suggests that the majority of parents are becoming involved in their children's education and assisting with homework activities; however, this study does not reveal any causal relationship about student achievement.

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