Home Visiting Linked to Lower School Truancy and Better Reading Outcomes

| October 9, 2015

By Michael Alison Chandler – The Washington Post

Students whose teachers visited them at home to build relationships with their families were less likely to miss school, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University.

Researchers also found that students who took part in a home visiting program were more likely to read at their grade level and that their teachers received higher marks on some parts of their teacher evaluations.

The study included 4,700 students at 12 elementary schools or education campuses that took part in a family engagement program run by the District-based Flamboyan Foundation during the 2013-2014 school year.

“We’ve always known anecdotally and emotionally that home visiting helps families connect to teachers, but now we know home visits are increasing attendance,” said Kristin Ehrgood, president and board chair of the foundation.

Over time, research has shown that children whose parents are involved in their education tend to do better in attendance, grades, graduation rates and other areas. But there is far less research about whether schools can make a difference in supporting greater engagement among families, said Steven B. Sheldon, a research scientist with the Center on School, Family and Community Partnerships who led the study…

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