40 million children in the US alone are being left behind in education outcomes

40%

of school-aged children live in under-resourced communities. These students perform at 40% less than their peers in terms of academic outcomes.

1 in 4

1 in 4 students are from immigrant families, half of whom live at or near the poverty line.

Example of achievement gap: High school graduation rates

National average
national average 87%

English language learner students
english language learner students

This gap costs the economy $500 billion per year

This is just the tip of the iceberg—60% of low-income students risk a projected 12 months' learning loss due to limitations of remote instruction.

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Family engagement is 2x as effective in predicting a student’s success than the family’s socioeconomic status

  • Children spend 85% of their time outside school (100% during remote learning)
  • Parents are a child’s first teacher

Decades of research show family engagement directly impacts student outcomes, including

  • Attendance, behavior, course completion
  • Socio-emotional development
  • Grades and standardized test scores
  • High school graduation rates

Research shows that an involved family member can increase student academic achievement equivalent to the school spending an additional $1,000 per year on the student.

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But family-school engagement occurs up to 50% less among families in under-resourced, multilingual communities. Remote learning has increased this gap.

  • There is a 30-50% learning loss predicted as a result of COVID-19, also known as ‘COVID-19 slide’
  • This is occurring despite mandates on parent-teacher communication as an essential part of hybrid, remote learning

The barriers are high for families and educators working to support students in under-resourced, multilingual communities

Language and culture

Language and culture

1 in 4 schoolchildren speak a language other than English at home. Many families face less familiarity with school systems and may have different cultural expectations.

Socioeconomic barriers

Socioeconomic barriers

1 in 4 schoolchildren are born to immigrant families, who are 50% more likely to be from under-resourced communities than non-immigrant families. By 2050, 1 in 3 children will be born to immigrant families.

Capacity and knowledge

Capacity and knowledge

80% of children whose parents do not have a high school degree are low-income, and many families have limited time and capacity to support students at home. Many educators have received minimal training on family engagement.

Mindsets and perceptions

Mindsets and perceptions

Some educators may perceive immigrant families of color as being less involved. Empowering parents’ confidence and self-efficacy can make a difference in supporting their children’s academic success.

Technological barriers

Technological barriers

1 in 3 students say they have to do their homework on their mobile phone due to limited internet and device access. This rises to nearly 1 in 2 for families with <$30k household income.

Our solution

TalkingPoints uses technology to systematically tackle each of the barriers above. By empowering teachers and parents to build strong partnerships, we help shift mindsets and build capacity to support students in a scalable, accessible and low-cost way.

Our solution

Our theory of change

By increasing family engagement in under-resourced communities through the power of home-school connection, capacity-building, and empowerment, we will drive students’ academic success and whole-child development.

Our theory of change

Sustainability and scalability

Our three-pronged approach for sustainability

High potential impact

Equivalent to additional spending of $1,000 per student per school year

Low cost per beneficiary

Currently at single digit $s that continues to improve with increasing scale

Earned income model

School and district partnerships drive earned income and keeps the platform free for individual educators and families

Resources for family engagement

Resources for family engagement

Partner success stories

Partner success stories