August 1, 2017
Parents Own Responsibility for Their Childs Education, but Lack Accurate Picture of Their Childs Progress, According to New National Survey
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- For the second year in a row, a new national survey finds that nine in 10 K-8 parents say their child is performing at or above grade level in reading and math, when only a third of students are achieving at that level, according to 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) data.
"Parents 2017: Unleashing Their Power & Potential," a national survey of K-8 parents released today by Learning Heroes in collaboration with Univision, and in partnership with National PTA, National Urban League, UNCF, and UnidosUS, also shows that while parents are confident about their children's academics, they are increasingly anxious about other issues, from their child's happiness and emotional well-being, to peer pressure, bullying, and more. Still, they have very high expectations for their children, with a full 75% expecting their child to get a two- or four-year college degree.
"As a mother of two teen boys, this disconnect is a heartbreaking wake-up call," says Bibb Hubbard, founder of Learning Heroes. "Parents are all in when it comes to their children's happiness and success, owning the responsibility for how well their children perform in school. The data clearly show that most parents lack an accurate picture of their children's progress. We believe it's because so much of what parents receive about their child's progress is indecipherable?filled with edu-jargon, confusing terms, and often lacking actionable information they need to fulfill their commitment to support their children's learning and growth."
The survey also finds that a majority of parents (66%) say their child is doing above average academically, 77% rate their schools highly, and more than 80% rate the job their teachers are doing highly, from communicating about academic achievement, to outlining expectations for learning, to informing key concepts they are learning, and more.
But the survey reveals a wobbly foundation beneath today's academic perceptions. This year, more parents worry about their child being on track academically and gaining skills and knowledge to prepare for college than last year. Two in five parents are not highly confident their child will be prepared to enter and succeed in college, and once informed about NAEP scores, more than one quarter of parents concede it is likely their child is performing below grade level now.
A majority of parents say they would find resources and information helpful in supporting their child's academic success, including a detailed explanation of what their child is expected to learn over the course of the year, activities to improve English and math skills, tips on how to advocate for their child, and homework support. Hispanic parents?especially Spanish-dominant parents?and African-American parents express the greatest interest in resources.
"Clearly, there is a real and urgent need to bridge the gulf between the information parents are provided about their child's progress and their child's actual level of achievement," said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. "This research shows that parents want to be equipped with proper information and tools so they can be the stewards they aspire to be and raise their children to be happy, productive, and successful adults."
In response to Parents 2017 findings, and to provide parents with the back-to-school tools they need to guide their children's learning, Learning Heroes joined forces with National PTA and Scholastic to create the Super 5 Back-to-School Power Moves. This tool focuses on five core actions parents can take as part of their everyday routine. It links to resources such as the Readiness Roadmap, which includes information on academic expectations, financing college, life skills for kids, parent-teacher communications, learning tools, and more. The Super 5 and Readiness Roadmap are available in both English and Spanish and can be found at bealearninghero.org.
Parents 2017 is a poll of more than 1,400 parents of public school students in K-8 to better understand parents' mindsets about their children's education. The survey was conducted in English and Spanish and included oversamples of African-American and Hispanic parents. This is the second year of the survey, which was funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.
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