Research on effective schooling points to the importance of parents being involved with the education of their children. The most recent research from the National School Boards Association in the United States found that the parental practices most likely to produce higher student achievement take place at home.
The effects of parental expectations and of parent child communication are significant. The expectations that have the greatest impact are those that are subtle but understood by the child – low stress communication, general agreement between the child and parent on the value of continuing education, a low key communication of expectations for achievement. Practices including monitoring homework, ensuring students attend school, acknowledging the efforts of students and encouraging the idea of continuing education all effect student achievement.
This involvement by parents with their children’s learning at home is linked to better attendance, improved grades and higher probability of continuing study. These actions are a more powerful driver of achievement than direct involvement by parents with the school.
By working together, the school and families improve the learning outcomes of students.