Faith and parental involvement key factors in student achievement

“Secular scholar believes educators are recognizing the power of faith and that the Bible as literature will make its way into more schools” whjharvard@post.harvard.edu April 14, 2011

In a presentation at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Conference, William Jeynes, Senior Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, and a professor at California State University in Long Beach, shared long-awaited results of his research on the factors that most reliably reduce the achievement gap. The results represent the first time that a social scientist has attempted to statistically combine all of the studies that have attempted to reduce the achievement gap into one study. 

Jeynes, a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago, presented the results of the first meta-analysis that has ever been undertaken on the achievement gap. The meta-analysis, which involves statistically synthesizing all the research that has been done on a given topic, indicated that student personal religious faith, attending faith-based schools, and family factors were those factors that were most reliably associated with reducing the achievement gap. The family factors that were most strongly related to reducing the gap were parental family structure and parental involvement. 

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