Taking an active role in your child's education is one of the best ways you can boost your youngster's odds of success. Studies show that parental involvement has a powerful impact on academic achievement -- even more than factors like family income or parents' level of education.
Experts emphasize that this involvement doesn't have to be time-consuming or complicated. On the following pages are details for four expert-endorsed levels of participation:
At home: Meaningful involvement can be as simple as asking the right questions.
During the elementary years: Building a teacher-parent partnership.
During the middle and high school years: One key contact can make all the difference.
Getting involved with the system: For parents with a keen interest in change.