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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Parents have high hopes, but not always realistic

Parents have high, but not always realistic, hopes for their children’s futures, reports Sarah D. Sparks on Education Week.

Nearly 70 percent expect their children to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to the 2016 federal Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey. Thirty-nine percent expect a master’s degree. Only 1 percent of middle or high school parents thinks their child won’t make it through high school.

One third of U.S. adults and 37 percent of those 25 to 34 have earned a bachelor’s degree, reports the Census.  The “national high school graduation rate hovers just above 83 percent and little more than 1 in 10 American adults earns a master’s or other advanced postsecondary degree,” writes Sparks.

Children in poverty were equally as likely as wealthier peers to have a place set aside in their home for them to do homework. A higher percentage of children in poverty always had an adult check that their homework was completed, 72 percent versus 65 percent of children who were not poor.

Parents who’ve chosen a district, charter or private are more likely to be involved than parents whose children attend assigned schools, the survey found.

Bellwether is looking at family engagement

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