The Power of Parent Participation

The evidence is clear and consistent: When schools and families work together, student learning and outcomes improve. (1) So do:

  • children’s attitudes toward school,
  • their social skills and behavior, and
  • the likelihood that they will take more challenging classes and pass them. (2)

This holds true across families of all economic, ethnic/racial, and educational backgrounds—and for students of all ages. (3)
Given the power that family involvement has to influence how our children achieve in school and in life, it’s not surprising that the nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), strongly supports parents’ right to be involved in the special education their child receives. As IDEA states:

Almost 30 years of research and experience has demonstrated that the education of children with disabilities can be made more effective by… strengthening the role and responsibility of parents and ensuring that families … have eaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children at school and at home. (4)
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

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Parent Rights

Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

SCOE Parent Resources

CDE Parent Resource