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Model Policies, Resources, And Supports
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State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance to promote parent and family engagement.

South Carolina Code of Laws Section 59-1-454 Parental involvement program; parent/teacher conferences

(A)  The State Department of Education shall develop a parental involvement program for use in elementary and secondary schools with grades four through eight. The purpose of the program is to improve parental participation in their child’s school progress, ensure a smooth transition between the various levels of schooling and phases of education, increase communication between the school, parent, and child, provide greater accountability between the parent, school, and child, and lessen the possibility on all levels that parents are only provided opportunity to react to problems involving their child after such problems occur.
(B)  The parental involvement program should include such activities as regular visitation by parents to their child’s school, involving parents, teachers, and administrators in school training sessions on such issues as communication between the school, parent, and child, student discipline, importance of homework, the taking and understanding of standardized testing and test scores, and general literacy.
(C)  Teachers shall maintain a record signed by the parent and teacher of parent conferences annually that identify the date, time, and response of parent/teacher conferences.

South Carolina Code of Laws Section 59-28-150 State Superintendent of Education activities to promote parental involvement

The State Superintendent of Education shall:
(1)  promote parental involvement as a priority for all levels from pre-K through grade 12, with particular emphasis at the middle and high school levels where parental involvement is currently least visible;
(2)  designate a Department of Education staff position whose specific role is to coordinate statewide initiatives to support school and district parental involvement;
(3)  collect and disseminate to districts and schools practices shown by research to be effective in increasing parental involvement at all grade levels;
(4)  provide parental involvement staff development training for district and school liaisons, as needed;
(5)  provide technical assistance relating to parental involvement training to districts and schools;
(6)  sponsor statewide conferences on best practices;
(7)  identify, recommend, and implement ways to integrate programs and funding for maximum benefit to enhance parental involvement;
(8)  enroll the Department of Education as a state member of national organizations which promote proven parental involvement frameworks, models, and practices and provide related services to state and local members;
(9)  promote and encourage local school districts to join national parental involvement organizations; and
(10)  monitor and evaluate parental involvement programs statewide by designing a statewide system which will determine program effectiveness and identify best practices and report evaluation findings and implications to the General Assembly, State Board of Education, and Education Oversight Committee.

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