Importance of Parental Involvement
A synthesis of the research concluded that “the evidence is consistent, positive, and convincing: families have a major influence on their child’s achievement in school and through life. 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.”Studies have found that students with involved parents, no matter what their income or background, are more likely to
✜ earn high grades and test scores, and enroll in higher–level programs;
✜ pass their classes, earn credits, and be promoted;
✜ attend school regularly; and
✜ graduate and go on to postsecondary education.
Title I stresses the priority of home and school working together in collaboration. Each year, every school that receives Title I services reviews the home to school compact with their working parent organization such as PTO, PTA , CSO, etc. Each school must develop, jointly with parents of children participating in Title I, Part A services, a written school parental involvement policy that describes how the school will carry out the parental involvement requirements including the development of a School–Parent Compact. If the school already has a parental involvement policy that applies to all parents, the school may amend that existing policy, if necessary, to meet the requirements. Schools must update these policies periodically to meet the changing needs
of parents and the school.