A survey from the for-profit University of Phoenix College of Education has found that an overwhelming majority of K-12 teachers want parents engaged in their classrooms.
While the nationwide survey of 1,000 teachers found that 97 percent of the respondents welcomed parent involvement, 76 percent of the teachers said fewer than half their students’ parents are involved in their classrooms, according to a news release. A mere 8 percent of respondents said that between 75 percent and 100 percent of their students’ parents are engaged in the classroom.
And almost half the teachers surveyed (47 percent) cited lack of parent involvement as a source of frustration, topping big class sizes and discipline issues. The current focus on standardized testing (69 percent) and students’ lack of respect for authority (63 percent) led the list of teacher-identified annoyances.
A version of this article appeared in the May 14, 2014 edition of Education Week as Parent Involvement