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SOURCE Applied Scholastics International
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The educational achievement gap still looms wide for millions of students as they look toward the new year.
"Since the 1980's we have known that the earlier in a child's educational life parental involvement begins, the more powerful the results," says Cathy Viney, Teaching Strategies Expert and Executive Director of the nonprofit Applied Scholastics International at www.appliedscholastics.org. "Decades of research show that when parents are involved, students achieve higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates, better school attendance, increased motivation and self-esteem, lower rates of suspension, decreased use of drugs and alcohol and fewer instances of violent behavior."
According to a review of 29 studies of school-parent programs, family participation in education was twice as predictive of students' academic success as family socioeconomic status. Some of the more intensive programs had effects that were 10 times greater than other factors.1 The most effective forms of parent involvement are those, which engage parents in working directly with their children on learning activities at home.2
"This is astonishing news," adds Ms. Viney. "Rich or poor, wealth or poverty is less of a factor, whereas parental involvement ranks from 2 to 10 times as important in predicting academic success. This is why we urge parents to make the following New Year's Resolutions aimed at closing the achievement gap and helping their child succeed in school."
A Free Guide entitled, "Optimizing Student Achievement with the Applied Scholastics Model of Individualized Instruction -- a Proven Solution to One-Size-Fits-All" is available at www.appliedscholastics.org or call Toll free: 877-75-LEARN.
About Applied Scholastics International ??Since 1972, the nonprofit Applied Scholastics International has been a trusted authority on the subject of teaching strategies and proficiency based learning. The Applied Scholastics Achievement Programa (ASAP) provides a proven system that helps parents, teachers and schools improve the lives of ALL students of all ages including those negatively affected by learning difficulties and the social, economic and emotional issues associated with these difficulties. For more information, go to www.appliedscholastics.org.
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