New Report Details Racial Differences in Parent Involvement in Their Children’s Education

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education examines the extent to which parents are involved in their children’s education. Some of the data in the report is broken down by racial and ethnic group.

Nearly two thirds of parents of both White and African American children reported that they had received e-mail communications from their child’s school. Nearly 60 percent of African American parents said they had received telephone calls from school officials about their child. Only 37 percent of White parents said they had been called by someone at the school.

Some 86 percent of parents of White students reported that they had attended a school or class event. Only 72 percent of parents of African American students had attended school or  class events. Nearly half of the parents of White children volunteered at the school in some capacity compared to 34 percent of the parents of African American children. About 70 percent of the parents of White students said that they participated in school fundraising activities compared to less than half of the parents of African American students.

The full report, Parent and Family Involvement in Education: Results from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2016, can be downloaded here.

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