Before/Afterschool Activity

Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS)

Initiative Description: Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork: a homework approach to promote student learning, parent-child interactions, and parent-teacher communication. Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS) interactive homework assignments include clear objectives for learning, instructions for completion, and explicit instructions to the student for involving family members. TIPS assignments differ from traditional homework in that they are assigned once a week or twice a month; students are given several days to complete the activity (to permit time to involve family); certain sections include instructions that prompt students to involve family members with specific conversations or other interactions;
and parents provide feedback as to how effective the activity was for them and their children

Study Results: Overall, TIPS students and families reported significantly higher levels of family involvement, more positive feelings and attitudes about math homework, and significantly higher standardized mathematics scores than control students.

Reference: Van Voorhis, F. L. (2011). Adding Families to the Homework Equation: A Longitudinal Study of Mathematics Achievement. Education & Urban Society, 43(3), 313–338.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good