Notes on ResearchPartnership Climate and Math Achievement
One of the core elements of the NNPS program is that the annual partnership plans that schools
write, and that district leaders help facilitate, is goal-oriented. In addition to establishing
academic (e.g., improved student reading or math skills) and non-academic (e.g., improved
student attendance or behavior) goals, all schools are encouraged to list improving the
partnership climate as an explicit outcome of their family and community involvement activities.
The value of working to improve the partnership climate of schools was demonstrated in an
NNPS study that found schools with stronger partnership climates demonstrated higher rates of
student proficiency on math achievement test from one year to the next
1. These findings suggest
that the broad goal of improving the partnership climate in schools can benefit students
1 Sheldon, S. B., Epstein, J. L., & Galindo, C. L. (2010). Not Just Numbers: Creating a partnership climate to improve math
proficiency in schools.
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