CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Board of Education wants parents to return to the classroom and is working to improve parental involvement in schools.
Board members, in conjunction with the state Department of Education, on Monday hosted the state’s first Parent Academy at the Charleston Civic Center in an effort to increase parental participation.
“Research tells us that it is parental involvement, not income or social status, that is the most accurate predictor of student achievement in school,” said state Superintendent Steve Paine said. “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.”
Although parents come to school with diverse cultural and economic backgrounds, primary languages and needs, they overwhelmingly want their children to be successful.
In a proclamation issued on National Parent Involvement Day in November, board members said they believe 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. Since then, the board has worked to strengthen state policy to further encourage parental involvement in schools.
“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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