Making the Most of Parent Involvement Data: Improving Quality and Enhancing Understanding

This toolkit is designed to assist states as they plan for and carry out their efforts to collect, report, analyze, and use high-quality parent and family involvement data. It defines key concepts; offers guidance on ways to improve the quality of the collection, analysis, and use of parent and family involvement data; and provides resources and tools to help states in their parent involvement data efforts. The toolkit also contains guidance on involving stakeholders to ensure

  • data collection activities are relevant to and understandable by parents/families;
  • the state and other stakeholders accurately interpret data; and
  • state agencies receive additional expertise and support using the data to identify and address issues related to parent/family involvement.

The toolkit is designed to allow various navigation options. There are four primary sections: preparing for data collection (READY), collecting data (RUN), analyzing data (REFLECT), and using the collected information to consider current results and goals and share data with others (REACH). The toolkit also includes resources and tools to help states make the most of their parent/family involvement data and supplementary information on topics such as working with third-party contractors and creating or modifying a new parent/family involvement survey.

The authors would like to acknowledge Tamara Nimkoff, Nancy O’Hara, Beth Harrison, Doug Williams, Hanyu Sun, Jennifer Schaaf, Linda Lynch, Haidee Bernstein, Debra Jennings, Jan Serak, and Carmen Sanchez, all of whom contributed to the development of this toolkit

Companion Resources

These are resources that supplement the resource above.

An IDC Resource

Format: Guides and Briefs

Parent Involvement Data: How to Measure and Improve Representativeness for Indicator B8

This interactive resource provides states with an overview on how to gather representative parent involvement data for Part B SPP/APR Indicator 8. The resource defines key concepts such as representativeness, sampling, nonresponse bias, response rates, and weighting. It also offers information on how to improve the quality of parent involvement data, including strategies that can help states collect representative data and evaluate and improve the representativeness of their data before, during, and after data collection. 

Related Resources

An IDC Resource

Format: Guides and Briefs

Examining Representation and Identification: Over, Under, or Both?

Significant disproportionality with regard to identifying children as children with disabilities or as children with specific disabilities is, by definition, overrepresentation. This resource defines overrepresentation and three related terms: over-identification, under-identification, and underrepresentation. States can use this resource, in conjunction with the Success Gaps Toolkit to help identify and address the factors contributing to significant disproportionality (i.e., overrepresentation) within school districts.