Parental Engagement for Families

"I remind everyone: Whether you school them at home or send them to school, you as a parent have the responsibility to make sure they learn and behave. Teachers and principals may help, but parents are the ones who must accept responsibility."

Ernest Istook 

Top 5 Reasons to Engage Parents

1)      Decades of research show when parents are involved students have:

  • Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
  • Better school attendance
  • Increased motivation, better self-esteem
  • Lower rates of suspension
  • Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
  • Fewer instances of violent behavior

2)      Family participation in education is twice as predictive of students’ academic success as family socioeconomic status.  Some of the more intensive programs had effects that were 10 times greater than other factors.

3)      School benefits:

  • improves teacher morale
  • higher ratings of teachers by parents
  • more support families
  • higher student achievement
  • better reputations in the community

4)      Parent involvement leads to feelings of ownership, resulting in increased support of schools.

5)      Parents express a genuine and deep-seated desire to help their children succeed academically, regardless of differences in socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and cultural background.

Ways to Become Involved

Things You Can Do in 10 Minutes a Day
1) Read with your child.
2) Use the internet to research with your child.
3) Ask your child to write a letter.
4) Hold 10 minute sessions where everyone in your house reads something.
5) Make up a sample quiz with your child.
6) Discuss any collections you or your child might have or want to have.
7) Work with your child as he or she starts his or her homework.
8) Ask your child to teach you something he or she learned at school that day


Standardized Testing
This is a site from the Ohio Department of Education that lists and discusses frequently asked questions about the Ohio Achievement Tests.  There is a section for both parents and educators along with resources to use from the Department of Education.

This site is a resource for parents to use when preparing their child for the Ohio Achievement Test.   This site has articles and helpful tips for parents to improve their child’s reading and math skills.  There is also a link for the students to play fun and educational games.


Tips and Tricks


1. Talk to your child daily about school activities and experiences.

2. Talk with teachers regularly -- even when no problems exist.

3. Broaden your child's understanding of the world by visiting malls, museums, parks, zoos, universities, sports stadiums, theaters, transportation facilities, farms, and local landmarks.

4. Make learning relevant by encouraging activities that use what kids learn at school. Encourage kids to count money; make shopping lists; calculate costs, sales prices, and taxes; read menus and newspapers; and write letters.

5. Designate a specific time and place for homework.

6. Read to your child every day and encourage independent reading. Make frequent trips to the public library.

7. Set goals that are challenging but attainable.

8. Visit the school regularly and become involved in school activities as often as possible.

9. Become familiar with your child's curriculum and its required skills and goals.

What You Can Do At Home

How Can You Help Your Child with Homework
1) Provide a study area
2) Provide a specific study time.
3) Supervise homework.
4) Ask the teacher for help.
5) Think positively
6) Pay attention to signs that your child is struggling.
7) Get your child into the habit of doing homework.
8) Help with memory drills.
9) Discuss work that has been completed.
10) Encourage short study breaks. Perhaps take time for a snack.


This site is from the Ohio Department of Education and helps parents with preparing their child for test-taking.  It also has resources for parents to help their child succeed in school. 

Tips for parents on ways to improve their child's performance on tests