Becoming a Better Parent

Here's a story worth reading, especially if you are a parent of young children.  It is written by New York Times syndicated columnist Thomas Friedman. The referenced research is posted on the right side of this page.

How About Better Parents? 

“Fifteen-year-old students whose parents often read books with them during their first year of primary school show markedly higher scores in PISA 2009 than students whose parents read with them infrequently or not at all."

Back to School: How Parent Involvement Affects Student Achievement

This is another helpful piece written by Patte Barth, executive director of the National School Boards Association's Center for Public Education.  The referenced research is posted on the right side of this page.

Parental Issues

Here you will find information that addresses issues outside of the classroom that have an impact on learning. Posting here does not imply Georgia Partnership endorsement.

One Step at a Time: The Effects of an Early Literacy Text Messaging Program for Parents of Preschoolers
The National Bureau of Economic Research

This research found that preschoolers whose parents received text messages with brief tips on reading to their children or helping them sound out letters and words performed better on literacy tests than children whose parents did not receive such messages. Related story. (November 2014)

John Rosemond:  Hovering by parents delays kids' adulthood

Why are young adult children emancipating so much later than they did in 1970, when the average age of male emancipation (independent living, paying one’s own bills) was 21? (November 2014) 

Parent and Family Investment in Education, from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2012
National Center for Education Statistics - U.S. DOE

This report presents data on students in the U.S. attending kindergarten through grade 12. The main focus of the report is on parent and family involvement in the students’ education during the 2011–12 school year as reported by the students’ parents. (September 2013)

What Parents Want - Education Preferences and Trade-offs - A National Survey of National K-12 Parents
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

This groundbreaking study finds that nearly all parents seek schools with a solid core curriculum in reading and math, an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, and more. Introduction. (August 2013) 

AP-NORC Poll: Parents back high-stakes testing
Associated Press

Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to measure both students' and schools' performances, according to an AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. (August 2013)

New National PTA President Discusses Parental Role in Education
Utah Public Radio

Does it still take a village to raise a child? Otha Thornton, president of the National Parent Teacher Association, joins Thinking Aloud to discuss the role of parents in education today. (May 2013)

Prevention of Bullying in Schools, Colleges, and Universities
American Education Research Association

Focusing on bullying in educational settings, a task force examined bullying in educational settings and as it related to school reform, teacher education, administrator education, special education, and cultural diversity. Practical short- and long-term recommendations are presented in 11 briefs. (May 2013)

Parent-Teacher Home Visits
National Education Association Foundation

This brief presents a model for parent-teacher home visits based on the experience of Seattle, Washington and Springfield, Massachusetts, two of the Foundation's Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative sites. (March 2012)