There has been extensive research conducted in the area of parental engagement. One study yielded the following: "When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more (Southwest Educational Development Laboratory).” The report, a synthesis of research on parent involvement over the past decade, goes on to find that, regardless of family income or background, "students with involved parents” are more likely to:
- Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs
- Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits
- Attend school regularly
- Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school
- Graduate and go on to postsecondary education
Title I, Part A provides for substantive parental involvement at every level of the program, such as in the development and implementation of the State and local plan, and in carrying out the local educational agency (LEA) and school improvement provisions. Section 1116 contains the primary Title I, Part A requirements for state educational agencies (SEA), LEA's and schools related to involving parents in their children's education. It is this section that identifies critical points in the process of improving teaching and learning where parents and the community can assist in school improvement. Although section 1116 is wide-ranging in scope and has many requirements for LEAs and schools, the intent is not to be burdensome.
These provisions reflect good practice in engaging families in helping to educate their children, because students do better when parents are actively involved in the education process, both at home and at school. Our Parent Engagement Program is designed to:
1. Inform parents about Title I regulations.
2. Involve parents in local Title I decisions.
3. Provide literacy training.
4. Offer parents training in schools and the community on ways to work with their children at home to raise student achievement.
5. Encourage active participation in their children’s schools and education.