Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

How Can Families Support Student Success?

by Dr. Laura C. Moran

Families play an important role in making sure their son or daughter graduates from high school. In fact, when families are involved:

• Students achieve more, regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnic/racial background, or the parents’ education level (Antunez, 2000).
• Students have higher grades and test scores, better attendance, and complete homework more consistently, and go on to postsecondary education (National Parent Teacher Association, 2009).

What can families do to ensure that their son/daughter graduates? Stay involved regardless of how old your son/daughter is!

For more information on how families can provide support, please check out the following resources on the PaTTAN Website at

Helping Students Succeed and Graduate From High School Strategies for Families
Increasing Graduation Rates and Decreasing Dropout Rates for Students with Disabilities
Family Engagement

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