Stay Involved in your Child’s Educational Experience
Parents, this can be accomplished by actively monitoring their progress 24/7.
“Involvement means many things, including asking your children regularly about their school day and homework,” Greder said. “Make sure your children have a regular place and time to study. Visit with teachers and school counselors to understand how your child is doing in school and what you can do at home to help them succeed.”
These steps are not only important for overall academic success, but can also help students who may be at risk for dropping out of school. The dropout rate for students ages 16 to 24 was 6.6 percent in 2012, the most recent statistics available from the National Center for Education Statistics. Latino students had the highest drop rate of 12.7 percent, followed by black students at 7.5 percent.
* Kimberly Greder Iowa State University
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