National Standards

National Standards For Family-School Partnerships

A New Way of Leading

In a 2002 research synthesis authored by Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp, and published by SEDL, “A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of  School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement,” concluded that when families are involved in their children’s learning, both at home and at school, their children do better in school. The report also points to specific types of involvement as being especially beneficial to children’s academic success.

 

  • Finding 1 - Programs that link learning to family improve student achievement
  • Finding 2 - Speaking up for children protects and promotes their success
  • Finding 3 - All families can contribute to their children’s success
  • Finding 4 - Community organizing gets results

What are the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships?

The National Standards for Family-School Partnerships are voluntary guidelines to strengthen parent and family involvement on behalf of children in schools and other programs. The six standards and their quality indicators provide PTAs, schools, and communities with the components that are needed for highly effective family-school involvement programs. PTA leaders and all those interested in more effective family/school/community connections will find the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships to be a valuable resource and catalyst for action.

How Were the Standards Developed?

The standards were developed by the National PTA in collaboration with parent involvement researchers and other national leaders. They are endorsed by more than 30 professional education and family-school involvement organizations. The standards clearly delineate those practices that have been shown to lead to success and high-quality parent involvement programs. The standards were developed to be a practical tool for meeting the threefold purpose of the national standards:

  1. To promote meaningful parent and family participation
  2. To raise awareness regarding the components of effective programs
  3. To provide guidelines for schools that wish to improve their programs

How Can My PTA Use These Standards?

Before you begin to develop new or improve on existing family-school involvement programs, form a committee or action team including all of the stakeholders—parents, teachers, administrators, support staff and community leaders. Be sure everyone involved understands the group’s purpose: to recognize the importance of parent and family involvement, review the standards, look broadly at current programs or practices at your school and make recommendations about what steps are needed to initiate positive change.

Developing genuine collaboration is critical. The views of all stakeholders should be considered and valued and no one group should control the outcomes. Establishing trust and a true partnership will take time, but the extra effort is well worth the lasting benefits that can be gained. Meaningful change requires thoughtful, incremental steps. Laying a solid foundation can make all the difference in the final outcomes and success of your programs.

The National Standards for Family-School Partnerships are voluntary guidelines to strengthen parent and family involvement on behalf of children in schools and other programs. The six standards and their quality indicators provide PTAs, schools, and communities with the components that are needed for highly effective family-school involvement programs. PTA leaders and all those interested in more effective family/school/community connections will find the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships to be a valuable resource and catalyst for action.

 

What are the National Standards?

Standard 1 - Welcoming All Families Into The School Community

  • Families are active participants in the life of the school and feel welcomed, valued and connected to each other, to school staff and to what students are learning and doing in class.

Standard 2 - Communicating Effectively

  • Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way and meaningful communication about student learning.

Standard 3 - Supporting Student Success

  • Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development, both at home and at school and have regular opportunities that will support their success.

Standard 4 - Speaking Up For Every Child

  • Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.

Standard 5 - Sharing Power

  • Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence and create policies, practices and programs.

Standard 6 - Collaborating With Community

  • Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families and staff to expand learning opportunities, community services and civic participation.

 

For more information on the National Standards, please look at the attached documents below or visit https://www.pta.org/home/run-your-pta/National-Standards-for-Family-School-Partnerships