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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

By the Numbers: Family Participation Is a Plus

How far should parent involvement in education go?
By Edutopia
Edutopia Team

Thirty-four percent of teachers believe that parents' involvement in their children's education is excellent or good, according to a survey by the Public Agenda research group.

The feeling is reciprocal:

  • Seventy-one percent of parents wish they could do more.
  • Eighty-seven percent of public K-8 schools blame parental time constraints for the shortfall.

But a majority of parents are not comfortable making such high-level calls. Not surprisingly, few teachers approve of parents taking these roles.

Sources: Public Agenda; Family Involvement in Children's Education: Successful Local Approaches; National Center for Education Statistics

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