Parents can and do have favorable impacts upon their children in terms of achievement and aspirations, including college and career readiness. However, this may not come “naturally” to most parents. Most often, the lack of family support for a post high-school education and career stems from a lack of knowledge and from a lack of awareness about options that may be available. Building a strong college and career readiness culture in the home is a pivotal step towards ensuring that students will, with the right supports and the right amount of support, move confidently in the direction of a fulfilling career and life of purpose.
Why It Matters
In a review of studies regarding the impact of parents upon student achievement and aspirations, the U.S. Department of Education (2004) indicated that students with involved parents, regardless of income or background, are more likely to earn high grades, test scores and enroll in higher-level programs; to pass their classes and to be promoted from grade level to grade level; to attend school consistently and; to graduate from high school and attend postsecondary education.
It is important for parents to access formal (i.e., programmatic) and informal supports through local school districts and other organizations.