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This article looks at the role of family involvement during the middle and high school years, emphasizing implications and recommendations for principals and superintendents. It reviews the evidence about the importance of family involvement during adolescence, investigates the challenges surrounding family involvement in middle and high school, and offers practical suggestions for principals and superintendents to support family involvement in their schools.

The article was originally published in the National Association of Secondary School Principals' Principals' Research Review. It was adapted from the research brief Family Involvement in Middle and High School Students' Education by Holly Kreider, Margaret Caspe, Susan Kennedy, and Heather Weiss of Harvard Family Research Project. It is reprinted here with permission of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). For more information on NASSP products and services to promote excellence in middle level and high school leadership, visit

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