Research shows that when families take an active interest in their children’s schoolwork, students display more positive attitudes, behave better and learn more. Parent involvement is critical for children from diverse cultural backgrounds, who tend to do better when families and school staff join forces to bridge the gap between home and school cultures.
“Caring, involved parents, not income or social status, is the most accurate predictor of student achievement in school,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “Parents can make a difference in their children’s achievement.”
“If we want West Virginia students to be successful, and we do, parents must be encouraged to support their children’s learning,” said state Board President Priscilla Haden. “By working together, we can assure our children will be prepared for global success in college, in the workplace and in life. “
The West Virginia Department of Education has developed a parent website called Parents21 at http://wvde.state.wv.us/parents21. The website includes a calendar of activities posted at http://wvde.state.wv.us/parents21/calendar.pdf that parents can do with their children during Parent Involvement in West Virginia Schools Month. The website also provides resources that parents can use at home to help their children with their schoolwork.
The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE's 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it, West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT, college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.