Parental communication about school 2018 thru current in Delaware

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Delaware students were asked "How often do you talk to either of your parents about how things are going at school?"

Education is the foundation for children to build a better future and achieve in all areas of life. In order to achieve at higher levels educationally, children need consistent support from their parents. Positive support such as providing literacy materials, holding high expectations, emphasizing effort over ability and encouraging autonomy can help parents positively impact their child's performance. Parents can actively participate in their child's education in several ways such as communicating with the child's school, monitoring homework and attending school activities and meetings. Active and effective support from both parents and the community as a while can create positive and productive educational outcomes for children.
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Data Source: Delaware School Survey, Center for Drug and Health Studies, University of Delaware


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the data collection for the Delaware School Survey was temporarily suspended. This suspension has resulted in a gap in Delaware School Survey data for the 2020 survey year. However, due to an early administration approach that started in the 2019-2020 school year for the 8th grade survey, CDHS was able to collect enough surveys in the 2019-2020 school year to report out 8th grade data. Data on 5th and 11th grade students for the 2020 school year will not be available.

Since 1995, the Center for Drug and Health Studies at the University of Delaware has administered an annual survey to public school students about alcohol, tobacco and drug use. The Delaware School Survey is an annual survey of 5th, 8th and 11th grade public school student in Delaware. This study is the continuation of a survey that was first administered to Delaware students in Spring, 1989. Since 2004, the Delaware School Survey has been jointly sponsored by the Delaware Legislature through the Delaware Health Fund and Prevention Block Grant funding. It has become a valuable tool in assessing trends of questions on school behavior, health habits and parental interaction. In recent years, the study has shown an increased interest in safety, parental involvement, educational needs and healthy lifestyles.

Last updated 02/2021