Date of Award

Winter 12-15-2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

EdD Education Leadership, Management and Policy

Department

Education Leadership, Management and Policy

Advisor

Gerard Babo, Ed.D

Committee Member

Barbara Strobert, Ed.D

Committee Member

Michael Zarabi Psy.D

Keywords

parental involvement, student achievement, technology

Abstract

This study examined the influence of Parent Portal access on student achievement and parental involvement defined as home-to-school communication. The population was students in sixth grade in a suburban district in New Jersey. Academic achievement was defined through GPA at the end of sixth grade and performance on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) in both Math and Language Arts Literacy in Grade 6. Attendance was measured using attendance rates. Parental involvement was measured by the number of parent logins to Parent Portal. Multiple regression analyses, backward entry method, were used to determine the influence of Parent Portal access on both achievement and attendance. Chi square analysis was used to analyze the influence of Parent Portal access on both home-to-school communication and parent-to-student communication. The results of this study indicate that Parent Portal access has a statistically significant effect on achievement as defined by GPA but not on NJ ASK 6 scores or attendance. It was also determined that communication between parent and teacher as well as parent and student was influenced by access to and use of Parent Portal.

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