Home Resume Professional Statement Research Links

2014 Research Experience for Undergraduates in Ocean, Marine, and Polar Science

Title: Enhancing Parent Involement for NC-CCSS for K-2 Mathematics

Team Members: Tayla Frizell (Mississippi Valley State University) Deanna Mallard (Mississippi Valley State University) Nyjah Grant (Longwood University)

Mentor: Dr. Darnell Johnson (Elizabeth City State University)


Key Terms: Parent Involvement, Common Core State Standards, Homework, K-2 Mathematics


In this study, the 2014 REU math team developed and provided a workshop that assisted parents in understanding the North Carolina Common Core State Standards for K-2 Mathematics to assist with student homework assignments. Parent involvement is defined as parent participating in the educational processes and experiences of their children. A chi-square analysis was used to analyze data collected from the pre survey and the post survey administered to participants in the workshop. The study revealed all of the individual components of parent involvement were positively and significantly related to educational goals. The study identified various aspects of parent involvement that yielded statistically significant results in affirming that parent involvement attributed to urban student achievement. These findings were particularly helpful for indicating which kinds of parent involvement influenced academic success. Most notably, parent expectations and styles demonstrated a strong relationship with scholastic outcomes. Parent expectations and styles created an educationally oriented ambience that established an understanding of the certain level of support the child needed to succeed academically. The REU mathematics team focused on three essential questions in this study: (1) What practices will increase parent awareness of K-2 NC-CCSS for mathematics at P. W. Moore Elementary School? (2) What methods can be used to strengthen parent skills in assisting with mathematics homework assignments at P. W. Moore Elementary School? (3) What actions can be taken to motivate parent involvement in the school improvement process focusing on mathematics at P. W. Moore Elementary School?