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Did you know…

    When parents are involved in a student’s education, students benefit by:
    • higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates.
    • better school attendance.
    • a decrease in the use of drugs and alcohol, and fewer instances of violent behavior.

    When parents are involved, schools benefit by:
    • greater morale among teachers and administrators.
    • increased teacher effectiveness and greater job satisfaction.

    A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement, by Anne T. Henderson & Karen L. Mapp, 2002.

“When families are involved at home and at school, children do better in school, and the schools get better.”

Anne T. Henderson, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, at a U.S. Senate Hearing on NCLB, March 29, 2007.
Complete version of Ms. Henderson’s testimony

Researchers have found that families of all cultural backgrounds, education, and income levels can and do have a positive impact on their children’s learning. Families help their children learn at home by encouraging them, talking with them about school, helping them focus on school and homework, and helping them plan for higher education. Families also have a powerful impact on their children’s learning by building strong partnerships with their children’s schools.

Massachusetts PIRC has developed materials and resources that offer concrete tips and examples to help families help their children succeed in school. Most Massachusetts PIRC publications are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

The links on the right are to Massachusetts PIRC resources by topic.