Increasing parental involvement in students' education can help increase student performance and have a positive impact on graduation rates and college acceptance. Despite these facts, 30% of parents don't know how their kids are doing in school, making it hard for them to be actively involved. Recent research estimates that 25% of students miss 30 days of school each year, increasing the likelihood of falling behind and eventually dropping out.
According to New York Times, if we could reduce in half the current number of dropouts nationally, we would yield almost 700,000 new graduates annually. This yield would more than pay for a dropout prevention and recovery program. Studies show that the typical high school graduate will obtain higher employment and earnings — an astonishing 50 to 100% increase over a dropout in lifetime income.
When the costs of the investment to produce a new graduate are taken into account, there is a return of $1.45 to $3.55 for every dollar invested, depending upon the educational intervention strategy. Under this estimate, each new graduate confers a net benefit to taxpayers of about $127,000 over the graduate’s lifetime. This is a benefit to the public of nearly $90 billion for each year of success in reducing the number of high school dropouts by 700,000 — or close to $1 trillion after 11 years.
DLA Proposed Solution
Increased performance updates, coupled with an online platform, allow parents to become more involved and informed regarding their child’s education. This allows a support team to form of the parent, student, and teacher, which helps improve graduation rates and acceptance to post-secondary institutions.
- One program helped increase student attendance by 5%.
- One program saves teachers an average of 10 hours per week.
DLA Parent Engagement Initiative Template
Click on the documents below the company logos to view presentations of their solutions
Additional Issues Under Review
Digital Learning Alliance has identified several additional issues. As we add member companies who have a solution that serves the issue, we will update our information. Those additional areas under review include:
- Social Studies
- Dual Immersion
- Special Needs
- Remedial Education
- Graduation Rates
- Student Debt Burden
- Employment Opportunities
- Economic Growth Modeling
Spanning Every Educational Level
- Assessment and Accountability
- Student Information Systems
- Online Learning, 24/7/365
- Broadband Connectivity
- Special Education
Click any issue below for the details of the current DLA National Legislative Platform
- Math Improvements K-12
- STEM Shortages
- Dropout Prevention and Recovery
- College Readiness
- Cost of Higher Education
- Student Records
- Blended Learning Management Systems
- Workforce Alignment and SLDS (State Longitudinal Data Systems)
- English Language Learners
- Literacy Improvements K-12
- Bullying, Violence and Safety
- Professional Development
- Parent Engagement
- Student Data and Privacy