Welcome to the Parent Involvement website of the New York State Education Department
Parents and families play an important and pivotal role in the lives of children. Families are the first teachers of children from the day they are born. When a child enters school, parents and families can help to ensure that their child achieves to the best of her/his ability and that the school is providing high quality educational opportunities for their child.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has a long history of supporting parental involvement in the education of children. In 1992 the Board of Regents adopted a policy entitled, “Parent Partnerships: Linking Families, Communities, and Schools,” which highlighted the importance of building collaborative relationships among parents, teachers and administrators to support the academic achievement of students. Commissioner’s Regulation 100.11 (CR 100.11) evolved from the policy. This regulation requires districts to develop and implement a plan for school-based planning and shared-decision-making. The regulations require that the plan be updated every two years.
In 2007, the Regents adopted a new policy centering on parental/family involvement to improve student achievement and school improvement. The document, entitled “Regents Policy Statement on Improving Student Achievement and School Performance through Parent and Family Partnerships,” is intended to promote successful educational partnerships and the engagement of parents and families to improve educational outcomes for students.
The New York State Education Department is presently implementing the policy through collaborative efforts with districts, schools, community based organizations, the University of the State of New York (USNY), the New York Comprehensive Center (NYCC), Parental Involvement Resource Centers (PIRCs) and other organizations.
The NYSED is part of USNY, one of the most complete, interconnected systems of educational services in the United States. The mission of NYSED is to raise the knowledge, skill, and opportunity of all the people in New York.
The New York State Board of Regents are responsible for the general supervision of all educational activities within New York State, presiding over the University and the New York State Education Department.
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