Parent Engagement Improves Student Achievement

A  new report shows that parent engagement in learning improves student achievement, attitudes to school and wellbeing. It says that resourcing and developing parent engagement initiatives is essential to education reform and the future of Australia. Continue reading “Parent Engagement Improves Student Achievement”

The Parent Factor in Education

A new OECD study shows that parental involvement in education is pivotal for the success of children throughout their school years and beyond. It says that being involved in their child’s education is the most important investment a parent can make.

It shows that many types of parental involvement are associated with better student performance, including reading books to young children, talking with adolescents and involvement in school. Even just reading at home benefits children, because it shows them that reading is something that their parents value.

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Parent Engagement Makes a Difference at All Ages

A new brief on the results from the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) shows that parent support of their children’s learning has a significant effect on school achievement for children at all ages.

Students whose parents reported that they had read a book with their child “every day or almost every day” or “once or twice a week” during the first year of primary school have markedly higher scores in PISA 2009 than students whose parents reported that they had read a book with their child “never or almost never” or only “once or twice a month”. On average across the 14 countries for which data are available, the difference is 25 score points, the equivalent of well over half a school year.

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Parent Engagement Must Not Stop at the Gate

Study after study has shown that student achievement improves when parents play an active role in their child’s education and that good schools become even better schools when parents are involved. It is recognised that parent engagement is a key factor in the enhancement of student achievement and well-being.

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Parents’ Effort Key to Child’s Educational Performance

A new study by researchers at the University of Leicester and University of Leeds has concluded that parents’ efforts towards their child’s educational achievement is crucial – playing a more significant role than that of the school or child.

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More Training and Support is Needed for Parent Participation in Schools

Parent participation in schooling makes an important contribution to better student outcomes at school and it is critical to ensuring that schools that are responsive to community needs. But, it is in decline in the ACT and something drastic needs to be done to renew it.

The answer is not to pay parents to sit on school boards as proposed by the ACT Minister for Education, Andrew Barr. This idea should be rejected out of hand. What is needed is a greater government commitment to parent participation and more training and support for parents to participate in schools.

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