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Family Involvement in Children's Education - October 1997

Appendix B: The Alliance Schools Initiative

Program/School, LEA, City, State

Program Description

Student Characteristics

Parent Involvement Activities/Strategies

Grades Served;


% Poverty1 and Title I Status

The Alliance Schools Initiative

Roosevelt High School

Dallas Independent School District

Dallas, TX

(Statewide initiative implemented in urban school)

  • Alliance Schools Initiative develops a strong community-based constituency of parents, teachers, and community leaders who work to increase student achievement in low-income communities throughout Texas.

  • Teachers and principals agree to design and implement innovative school reform strategies in collaboration with parents, with each other, and with a network of organizations.

  • Schools provide training for the surrounding community by involving parents in both improving educational achievement as well as developing a community that values education.

  • Initiative includes 70 K–12 schools statewide.

    Roosevelt High School:

  • In a neighborhood Walk for Success, teams of faculty, parents, and other community members walk door to door to talk with parents about their needs and interests and how to improve the school.

  • Parents of sophomores attend classes to learn about state tests and to take sample tests.

  • Parent liaison averages 30–60 telephone calls to parents each day.

    Funding Sources2:

  • Title I, district grants, Investment Capital Fund grants from the Texas Education Agency (which are competitive grants received by many Alliance schools)

    Evidence of Success:

  • Approximately 10 parents attended the first Roosevelt PTA meeting in 1993, compared with 200 at the first meeting in 1996.

  • From 1992–93 to 1995–96, Roosevelt student performance on the state test rose from the 40th to the 81st percentile in reading, from the 16th to the 70th percentile in mathematics, and from the 58th to the 80th percentile in writing.

  • From 1992–93 to 1994–95, attendance at Roosevelt rose over 11 percent.

  • 9–12



    95% African American

    5% Hispanic

    80% FRL

    Schoolwide Program

    1 All schools and districts included in this Idea Book receive Title I funding. This column indicates whether a school has implemented a schoolwide program.

    2 Administrators in many schools cannot separate the costs of parent involvement efforts from other reforms and activities. This is especially true in schools that have implemented schoolwide programs (as have most schools in this appendix). However, administrators reported that, in addition to their school or district general operating budget, the funding sources listed here provide a major source of support for their parent involvement efforts.

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