The Illinois State Board of Education works to ensure that every student is prepared to succeed in careers and postsecondary education. Likewise parents and communities also share desires for their children.

  • When families, schools and communities partner in promoting learning and healthy development for all children schools thrive and student outcomes increase.
  • Research indicates that when parents are engaged with their children’s education, whether in school or at home, students do better academically.
  • Regardless of socio-economic background, students with involved parents are more likely to:
    • earn high grades and test scores
    • enroll in higher level programs
    • attend school regularly
    • show improved behavior
    • develop better social skills


Henderson, A. T., & Mapp, K. L. (2002). A new wave of evidence: The impact of school, family, and community connections on student achievement. Austin, TX: National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools.