Friday, May 1, 2015
Parent and Family Involvement in Education in 2012
Approximately eighty-seven percent of students in kindergarten through grade 12 had parents who reported receiving newsletters, memos, e-mail, or notices addressed to all parents from their child's school; 57 percent of students had parents who reported receiving notes or e-mail from the school specifically about their child; and 41 percent of students had parents who reported that the school had contacted them by telephone.
This report presents findings from the Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey of the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2012 (NHES:2012) from the National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences. The Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey of the NHES:2012 collected data on children enrolled in public or private school for kindergarten through twelfth grade or homeschooled for these grades. The survey collected information about various aspects of parent involvement in education, such as help with homework, family activities, and parent involvement at school.
- The most common school-related activity that parents reported participating in during the 2011-2012 school year was attending a general school or a parent-teacher organization or association (PTO/PTA) meeting (87 percent).
- One percent of students in grades 6 through 12 had parents who said that they did not expect their child to complete high school; 9 percent were not expected to pursue education after high school completion; 8 percent were expected to attend vocational or technical school after high school; 17 percent were expected to attend 2 or more years of college; 28 percent were expected to finish a 4- or 5-year college degree; and 36 percent were expected to earn a graduate or professional degree.
- According to parents, a higher percentage of students attended a community, religious, or ethnic event (54 percent) in the past month than visited a library (39 percent); visited a bookstore (38 percent); went to a play, concert, or other live show (31 percent); visited an art gallery, a museum, or a historical site (21 percent); or visited a zoo or an aquarium (19 percent); or attended an athletic or sporting event (42 percent).