Family Engagement is a critical strategy for ensuring students' academic achievement, graduation from high school and overall success in life. In this regard, National PTA has adopted six Standards for Family-School Partnerships. These Standards provide a framework for strengthening Family Engagement programs, activities and policies. To access the Standards Implementation Guide, visit National PTA’s Family-School Partnership Information Page
PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships
Welcoming all families into the school community—Families are active participants in the life of the school, and feel welcomed, valued and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class.
Communicating effectively—Families and school staff engage in regular, two-way, meaningful communication about student learning.
Supporting student success—Families and school staff continuously collaborate to support students’ learning and healthy development both at home and at school, and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively.
Speaking up for every child—Families are empowered to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success.
Sharing power—Families and school staff are equal partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence and create policies, practices and programs.
Collaborating with community—Families and school staff collaborate with community members to connect students, families and staff to expanded learning opportunities, community services and civic participation.
For more information about the National Standards and PTA programs that promote family-school partnerships, visit National PTA.