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Document Number: 6680

Parents' Reports of School Practices to Provide Information to Families: 1996 and 2003 - Studies suggest that parent involvement is related to factors such as children’s grades in school, test scores and grade retention. Given the importance of parent involvement, researchers, policymakers and practitioners have sought ways to promote it. In this report, data from the Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey of the 2003 National Household Education Surveys Program were used to replicate previous analyses using the Parent and Family Involvement in Education and Civic Involvement Survey of the 1996 National Household Education Surveys Program. As with the previous report, parent-reported school information practices are discussed first and then examined in relation to the frequency of parent involvement at the school. Results in both survey years show that the average number of parent-reported school information practices done “very well” differed by school, family, and student characteristics. (Nancy Vaden-Kiernan, National Center for Education Statistics, December 2005)...

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