Maryland educators appreciate the significant role parents play in their children's education. Absentee rates from school are one measure of parent-school collaboration. The absentee rate increased form 11.8% in 2016 to 13.9% in 2017.
The Maryland State Board of Education’s family involvement policy, adopted in October 2001, is supportive of the fact that when schools, families, and community organizations work together to support learning children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more. Through this policy, MSDE is able to create professional development programs on family, school, and community involvement for school staff and families.