January 2014

Towards Equitable Parent-School Collaboration: Developing Common Parent Engagement Indicators

Education systems are increasingly expected to partner with parents and families to ensure the success of all students; however, the field struggles to characterize and measure parent engagement and its impacts. This report presents common indicators of parent engagement as a way to quantify parent-school collaboration. These indicators include: the percentage of parents who feel knowledgeable and confident in their ability to support their child’s learning in PreK through college; the percentage of parents who believe their school provides a welcoming and culturally responsive learning environment; and the percentage of parents who have leadership opportunities and influence on decision-making at their school or district.

Author(s): Ann M. Ishimaru, Joe Lott, Ismael Fajardo, Jessica Salvador Organization: Equitable Parent-School Collaboration Research Project, University of Washington
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