According to the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001" ...each school shall develop jointly with parents, a school-parent and student compact. A compact is a voluntary agreement between the home and the school, which outlines how parents, staff and students will share the responsibility for improving student achievement.
The mandate states:
"As a component of the school-level parental involvement policy developed under subsection (b), each school served under this part shall jointly develop with parents for all children served under this part a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State's high standards. Such compact shall -
(1) describe the school's responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the children served under this part to meet the State's student academic achievement standards, and the ways in which each parent will be responsible for supporting their children's learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework completion, and television watching; volunteering in their child's classroom; and participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children and positive use of extracurricular time; and
(2) address the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis through, at a minimum -
(a) parent-teacher conferences in elementary schools, at least annually, during which the compact shall be discussed as the compact relates to the individual child's achievement."
In satisfying the above mandate, each school shall:
- Develop a new compact
- The compact shall be developed jointly with school staff and parents.
The compact shall describe ...
School Agreement - the school's responsibility to:
- Provide high quality curriculum
- Provide instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the children served to meet the State's student academic achievement standards.
Parent/Guardian Agreement - the ways in which each parent will be responsible for supporting their children's learning.
- Monitoring attendance
- Homework completion
- Television watching
- Volunteering in their child's classroom
- Participation as appropriate in decisions relating to the education of their children
- Positive use of extra curriculum time
- Attend parent-teacher conferences
Student Agreement - this section needs to address how the student will share the responsibility for his/her improved academic achievement.
The compacts are to be reviewed and signed with the parent and/or guardian at parent conferences.