Date of Conferral



Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Kimberley Alkins


The U.S. government has stated in federal guidelines that parents must be involved in their children's education in order for student achievement to increase. For more than 5 years, a small rural middle school in Mississippi was designated a low-performing school due to its failure to achieve the required standards for quality distribution index and adequate yearly progress on the Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition. The purpose of this study was to examine whether parents' and teachers' perspectives regarding parental involvement and student achievement differed at the school. Epstein's theoretical framework was used as the basis for this quantitative study. Quantitative data from 250 parents and 28 teachers were gathered on the effectiveness of home-school collaboration for 4th through 8th-grade students. A t test was used to determine if there were significant differences in parents' and teachers' perspectives regarding parental involvement and student achievement. There was a statistically significant difference (p < .001) between parents' and teachers' perspectives, whereas the teachers' attitudes were higher regarding their general attitude of parental involvement, parental involvement practices, and parental responsibilities. Based on study findings, a 3-day professional development/training curriculum and materials project was developed to assist teachers at the school with developing strategies for increasing parental involvement and student achievement. This study could possibly contribute to positive social change by increasing teachers' understanding of parents' needs and enhancing their ability to effectively communicate with them, which may lead to more involvement by parents in their children's education and higher achievement by students.