November Proclaimed as Parent Involvement in Schools Month

November 15, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday issued a proclamation declaring November as Parent Involvement in West Virginia Schools Month.


With this proclamation, members of the West Virginia Board of Education acknowledge that parental involvement, not income or social status, is the most accurate predictor of student achievement in school.  


“Research shows that parent involvement in the education of their children is a critical factor in improving academic achievement,” state Superintendent Steve Paine said. “We know that the more extensive parents are involved in their children’s education, the higher the achievement, the better the behavior and the more successful the students are as adults.”

The proclamation, issued on National Parent Involvement Day, says that families can create a home environment that encourages learning; can communicate high yet reasonable expectations for their children’s achievement and future careers; and become involved in their children’s education and the community.

Although parents come to school with diverse cultural and economic backgrounds, primary languages and needs, they overwhelmingly want their children to be successful.

“We hope that everyone will support parents and educators to strengthen the relationships between the home and the school,” Board President Delores W. Cook said. “If students are to attain and maintain grade-level proficiency and achieve high academic standards, parents must be encouraged to support their children’s learning.” 

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