Students whose parents talk with them about school in Vermont

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Why This Indicator Matters

The Vermont Department of Health reports that "one of the strongest predictors of students’ success in school is the extent to which their parents stay involved with their schoolwork. A national study of adolescent health found that youth who reported a 'connectedness' to their parents/family and school were the least likely to engage in risky behaviors. Parental expectations regarding school achievement were also associated with lower levels of risk behaviors." (Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey report, 2015).
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Definitions: Percent of students whose parents talk with them about school weekly or more often

Data Source: Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). 

Footnotes: The Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a biennial, voluntary survey of students attending middle and high schools in Vermont.  The survey seeks to monitor trends in student health and risk behaviors.  The indicators as a whole reflect a broad definition of youth well-being.  Not only do the indicators monitor behaviors associated with negative health and psychological outcomes, but they also measure "developmental assets" - internal resources and skills, as well as community, school, and other institutional supports.  These assets foster the development of thriving young adults. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Prior to 2011, the survey was completed by students in grades 8-12.  In 2011, the survey split into a high school survey (students in grades 9-12) and a middle school survey (students in grades 6-8).  Beginning in 2011, the data here represents students in grades 9-12 who completed the survey.  Comparisons should not be made between 2011 and prior years, since prior to 2011 the sample included students in grades 8-12.