Indicator 8 | Parental Involvement

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Indicator 8 is focused upon the degree to which schools support the involvement of parents in the educational life of their child with a disability. The indicator reads as follows:


Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities. [20 U.S.C. 1416(a)(3)(A)]


Resources to Support Data Gathering for Indicator 8

Resources, research, state examples, and policies related to Indicator 8.
The SPP/APR calendar was designed to assist States with the preparation and timely completion of their State Performance Plans and Annual Performance Reports. The tabs in this section will lead you to helpful resources focused specifically on Indicator 8.

How are we doing?
What’s the current status on increasing parent involvement? What are the data telling us? Read this summary from 2011.

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Resources to Support Parent Involvement in Schools

NICHCY resources for parents and schools.
NICHCY’s special focus is children and youth with disabilities (birth to age 22). Visit our website and find an abundance of information on  specific disabilities and research-based materials for educating students with disabilities. Find parent guides and an entire website in Spanish for Spanish-speaking parents.

What are parents’ rights to be involved?
NICHCY offers a brief, easy-to-read summary of the rights that parents of children with disabilities have under IDEA.

Parent centers can help increase parental involvement.
The Parent Technical Assistance Center supports a unified technical assistance system for the purpose of assisting and coordinating Parent Training and Information Projects (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) under IDEA. PTIs and CPRCs in each state provide training and information to parents of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and to professionals who work with them. The Center consists of one national center and six regional centers. The Center offers a variety of resources to strengthen the network of Parent Centers’ abilities to effectively serve the families in their communities whose children have disabilities.

Parents and professionals in partnership.
The IDEA Partnership joins 55 national professional and family organizations in activities with state agencies and technical assistance providers.  The IDEA Partnership employs the ‘Communities of Practice’ concept, to bring many voices and perspectives to the work of decision makers. The Partnership offers small seed grants to “laboratory States” for action research on how national organizations, their affiliates, and other stakeholders can work closely with State agencies using the communities of practice strategy.  Their strategies for building these connections include dialogue guides, partnership work with national organizations and technical assistance centers, and building communities of practice.
The Center on Innovation & Improvement supports this website dedicated to creating strong school communities.

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education.
NCPIE’s mission is simple: to advocate for the involvement of parents and families in their children’s education, and to foster relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of all our nation’s young people.

National Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
You know who this is!

Parent Involvement Matters.
Yes, it does….lots of good resources for schools here (increase your parents’ involvement) and for parents (how to get involved!).

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NOTICE: NICHCY is going away, but its resources are not. Find hundreds of legacy NICHCY publications, as well as our training curriculum on IDEA 2004, in the Center for Parent Information and Resources' Library at This website will remain available until September 30, 2014. After that date, web visitors will be automatically redirected to