According to Henderson and Berla, the most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is not income or social status but the extent to which that student’s family is able to:
- Create a home environment that encourages learning.
- Express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children’s achievement and future careers.
- Become involved in their children’s education at school and in the community.
Benefits for Children from Family Involvement:
- Children tend to achieve more, regardless of ethnic or racial background, socioeconomic status, or parents’ education level.
- Children generally achieve better grades, test scores, and attendance.
- Children consistently complete their homework.
- Children have better self-esteem, are more self-disciplined, and show higher aspirations and motivation toward school.
- Children’s positive attitude about school often results in improved behavior in school and less suspension for disciplinary reasons.
- Fewer children are being placed in special education and remedial classes.
- Children from diverse cultural backgrounds tend to do better when parents and professionals work together to bridge the gap between the culture at home and the culture in school.
- Junior high and high school students whose parents remain involved usually make better transitions and are less likely to drop out of school.
This information comes from research studies by: (Henderson & Berla, 1994, Henderson & Mapp, 2002; Houtenville & Conway, 2008; and the National PTA, 2007).