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parent engagement the law assessment strategies and evaluation

Parent Engagement:The Law, Assessment, Strategies and Evaluation

District (LEA) andSchool/BuildingExpectations and Requirements

nclb definition
NCLB Definition

“… the participation of parents in regular, two way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities.”

section 1118 parent involvement of nclb addresses the following topics
Section 1118 (Parent Involvement) of NCLB Addresses the Following Topics:
  • District Parent Involvement Policy
  • Reservation of Funds
  • School/Building Parent Involvement Policy
  • Building Capacity for Involvement
  • Shared Responsibilities
  • Parent Compact



The law reads: “Each local educational agency may receive funds… only if such agency implements programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in programs assisted under this part… Such… shall be planned and implemented with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.”

District (LEA)

Parent Involvement Policy

the planning process

Gather Data


Student Achievement



The Planning Process
required components of district parent involvement policy
Required Components of District Parent Involvement Policy

The written policy shall describe how the LEA will involve parents in:

  • Development of the plan
  • The process of school review and improvement…
required components the lea will provide
Required ComponentsThe LEA Will Provide:
  • Coordination
  • Technical assistance
  • Other support
  • Assistance in planning and implementing activities to improve student academic achievement
required components the lea will
Required ComponentsThe LEA Will:
  • Build the schools’ and parents’capability for strong parentalinvolvement
  • Coordinate and integrate parentalinvolvement strategies
the lea will annually evaluate
The LEA will Annually Evaluate
  • Content and effectiveness
  • Identify barriers to greater participation: Vision to See, Faith to Believe and Courage to Do
  • Revise, if necessary
reservation of funds
Reservation of Funds
  • Reserve not less than 1% of such agency’s allocation … except that this paragraph shall not apply if 1% of such agency’s allocation … is $5,000 or less
  • (B) Parents of children receiving services under this part shall be involved in decisions regarding how funds reserved … are allotted for parental involvement activities
  • (C) Not less than 95% of the funds … shall be distributed to schools served under this part


school parent involvement policy
SchoolParent Involvement Policy

Each school will distribute to parents of participating children a written parental involvement policy, agreed to by parents

school policy requirements
School Policy Requirements
  • Annual meeting
  • Convenient time
  • Parents invited/encouraged to attend
  • Explain Title I programs
  • Rights of parents to be involved
school policy
School Policy
  • Flexible meetings
  • Use funds to provide transportation, child care, or home visits related to parent involvement
school policy requirements1
School Policy Requirements
  • Involve parents in planning, reviewing, and improvement of programs
    • Including improvement of parental involvement and Title I program plans
school policy requirements2
School Policy Requirements
  • A description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school
  • Forms of academic assessment used
  • The proficiency level students are expected to meet
  • Respond to any suggestions as soon as possible
  • Parental comments to be attached to the submitted Title I Plan
developing capacity for parent involvement
Developing CapacityFor Parent Involvement
  • Educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of parents:
    • To communicate
    • Work as equal partners
    • Implement and coordinate programs
    • Ensure effective involvement of parents
developing capacity for parent involvement1
Developing CapacityFor Parent Involvement
  • Provide assistance to parents in understanding:
    • State’s academic content standards
    • State and local academic assessments
    • How to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators
developing capacity for parent involvement2
Developing CapacityFor Parent Involvement
  • Provide materials and training to help parents work with their children
  • Support a partnership with the school, parents, and the community
  • Improve student academic achievement
developing capacity for parent involvement3
Developing CapacityFor Parent Involvement
  • Coordinate and integrate involvement in programs such as Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First
  • Send information related to school and parent programs in a format parents can understand
  • Provide other support for parental involvement as parents request
shared responsibilities for high student academic achievement
Shared Responsibilities for High Student Academic Achievement
  • Jointly develop a school-parent compact
  • Outlines how the parents, the school staff and students, will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement
parent compact
Parent Compact
  • School’s responsibility:
    • Provide high-quality curriculum andinstruction
    • Supportive and effective learning environment
    • Enable children to meet State’s academic achievement standards
    • Identify challenges confronting the parents’ ability to help their children
parent compact1
Parent Compact
  • Parent’s responsibility:
    • Support their child’s learning
    • Participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children and positive use of extracurricular time
parent compact2
Parent Compact
  • On-going communication between teachers and parents:
    • Annual parent-teacher conferences in elementary schools to discuss the individual child’s achievement
    • Frequent reports to parents on children’s progress
    • Access to staff and opportunities to volunteer and participate in child’s class
section 1111 of nclb addresses the following topics related to parent involvement
Section 1111 of NCLB Addresses the Following Topics Related to Parent Involvement
  • Annual Report Cards
  • Parents’ Right to Know:
    • Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications
    • Student Achievement
    • Non-Highly Qualified Teachers
section 1116 of nclb addresses the following topics related to parent involvement
Section 1116 of NCLB Addresses the Following Topics Related To Parent Involvement
  • Progress Review
  • Schools Identified for School Improvement, Corrective Action, or Restructuring
  • Choice – Schools Identified for School Improvement, Corrective Action and Restructuring
  • Supplemental Services – Schools in the Second Year of Improvement, In Corrective Action, or in Restructuring
  • Schools Identified for Restructuring
parent involvement resources
Parent Involvement Resources

US Department of Education (USED):

Engaging Parents in Education (USED):


Partnership Schools:

Simple Solutions Educational Services:

parent involvement resources1
Parent Involvement Resources

Alliance for Parental Involvement:

The Center for Comprehensive School Reform:

Joyce Epstein - Center on School Family and Community Partnerships:

parent involvement resources2
Parent Involvement Resources

National Campaign for Public School Improvement:

50 Ways to Involve Parents:

Parent Engagement Information and Tools:

effective learning environment resources
Effective LearningEnvironment Resources
  • Brucato, John M. (2005), Creating a Learning Environment: An Educational Leader’s Guide to Managing School Culture. Scarecrow Education.
  • Dermody, Julie. (2003). Creating Caring Schools, Developing the caring classroom. Classroom Leadership, vol.6, #7.
  • Irvin, Judith, et. al. (2007). Taking Action on Adolescent Literacy, chpt.1 Student motivation, engagement, and achievement. ASCD publication.
effective learning environment resources1
Effective LearningEnvironment Resources
  • Freiberg, H. Jer. (1999), School Climate: Measuring, Improving and Sustaining Healthy Learning Environments. Routledge 1 Edition.
  • Perkins-Gough. (2008). The Positive Classroom Special Report / School Climate: Urban Parents’ Views. Educational Leadership, vol. 66, #1, pgs. 89-91.
effective learning environment resources2
Effective LearningEnvironment Resources
  • Victor-Reed, Evelyn and Stronge, James H. (2001). More Strategies for Educating Everybody’s Children, chpt 2 Diverse teaching strategies forhomeless children. ASCD publication.
  • Willis, Clarissa Ann, (2008). Creating Inclusive Learning Environments for Young Children: What to do on Monday Morning. Corwin Press.
questions and answers
Questions and Answers

Contact your regional Office of School Improvement consultant:

  • Region 1 . . . . . . . . . . 517-373-4009
  • Region 2 . . . . . . . . . . 517-373-0161
  • Region 3 . . . . . . . . . . 517-373-6341
  • Region 4 . . . . . . . . . . 517-373-4004
  • Region 5 . . . . . . . . . . 517-373-4212