Study: Parent Involvement Leads To Adequate Yearly Progress For Schools


Education Week (5/28, Yettick) reports on the results of the US Department of Education-designed study into the association between Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and parent involvement. The article notes that the study, which looked into “a nationally representative sample of 7,380 urban, suburban, and rural schools” and was published in December in the School Effectiveness and School Improvement journal, discovered “that schools in which principals report higher rates of parent involvement are more likely to make AYP.” The study also found that with such involvement, the schools were also less likely to turn into “low-performing schools,” which would then be required by law to make “mandatory changes.” Nevertheless, notes the piece, the involvement metric only “considered parent-participation rates in activities such as conferences with back-to-school nights and parent-teacher conferences.”