Importance of Family Engagement to Student and School Success

Family Engagement is crucial to student and school success.

According to the National PTA, in the 2002 research review A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement, Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp conclude that there is a positive and convincing relationship between family involvement and student success, regardless of race/ethnicity, class, or parents’ level of education. Family engagement is just as important as having a great teacher in the classroom.


The National PTA recently established its Center for Family Engagement to embed transformative family engagement practices, programs and policies across the educational system so that every parent is treated as a valuable partner in their child’s education, through a focus on grassroots leadership development.


The National Standards for Family-School Partnerships were developed by the National PTA in cooperation with education and parent involvement professionals. Research clearly shows that if parents are involved in their child’s education, the child can do better academically, socially and emotionally. This is true regardless of racial, economic or cultural background. Does your community really understand this critically important point? Remember – parent involvement has three distinct phases. Parents are their child’s first teacher. Then, they become a partner with the school. As parents see the bigger picture, many become an advocate for all children.

The implementation guide is a tool for empowering people to work together with an end goal of building family-school partnerships and student success. The guide provides additional details, background, research, and success stories.