Our family is making the most of these last few days of summer. As a mom, I treasure the moments when my pre-teenage son asks me to play catch or watch a movie together. I know that these are special times with him at home and I want to make the most of it.
I also know that spending time together has a direct impact on how well he performs in school. With the "back to school" season upon us, all this month, content on the "Family Facts" program from The Heritage Foundation focuses on the relationship between family structure and educational achievement.
Heritage research shows that from elementary through high school, students from intact families tend to do better in school. The results of several studies are in:
- Kindergartners in intact families have higher average reading scores
- Children age 3-12 who live in intact families have higher average math scores
- Children age 7-10 who live in continuously intact families tend to score higher on reading achievement tests
- 9th graders whose mothers were married when they were born are more likely to complete Algebra 1
Strong families are critical to higher academic achievement and greater social development. The bottom line is that nothing can replace a parent's role in a child's life.
Explore more facts and insights you can use at FamilyFacts.org from The Heritage Foundation.
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