Parent engagement can be 2x effective as predicting a student’s academic success as the family’s socioeconomic status. It has the power to bridge the achievement gap for low-income, students of color.
Students feel supported and motivated to do well in school when teachers and parents are in frequent contact. This is especially the case for low-performing students.
A meta-analysis of a subset of RCT studies on parent engagement found the effect of parent involvement on the academic achievement of elementary school children in grades K–5 to be statistically significant.
When parents work with their children at home and talk about school, it has positive effects on student achievement, attendance and high school graduation rates.
Family and community engagement is one of the main pillars of community schools that focus on meeting the educational needs of low-achieving students in high-poverty communities. Research shows meaningful family and community engagement found in community schools is associated with positive student outcomes, such as reduced absenteeism, improved academic outcomes, and student reports of more positive school climates.