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National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

The National Standards for Family-School Partnerships have transformed family engagement across the country, since its creation in 1997. The standards are the basis for National PTA’s Schools of Excellence program and have become a popular tool for state and local education agencies nationwide.



Updated Standards

The Standards were last updated in 2008 and educational trends, the family engagement field and community demographics have changed dramatically since the standards were last revised. Look for the full revision and new resources to be release in Fall 2022.


“We are updating the Standards to provide better support for schools and their communities as they continue to address changes in educational and family engagement trends, as well as shifts in community demographics over the last two decades.”

—Anna King, National PTA President

Revised National Standards


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National PTA engaged hundreds of individuals to gather feedback on the National Standards for Family School Partnerships.

Thank you to Durham Council of PTAs, Fairfax SEPTA, Long Beach Council PTA, Seattle Council PTSA, South Dakota Statewide Family Engagement Center and South Dakota PTA for leading our grassroots engagement efforts.

Stakeholder Diversity Infographic

We are also excited to be collaborating with the Human Rights Campaign, the National Center for Families Learning, Watch D.O.G.S., the National Military Family Association, Mocha Moms, Families Helping Families, Center for Restorative Justice Works and ASCD to connect with families nationwide.

We are honored to work with renowned researchers in the field of family engagement as we revise the National Standards. Our Expert Advisory Group includes Dr. Margaret Caspe, Dr. Soo Hong, Dr. Karen Mapp, Kwesi Rollins, Dr. Steve Sheldon and Lacy Wood.

Thank you to National PTA’s Endowment Fund for providing support for the National PTA Family-School Partnerships update. Support for this project was provided in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. 


Get Involved

Is your PTA or organization interested in supporting the launch of the National Standards? Complete this partner engagement form to indicate how you would like to participate! If you want to learn more about collaborating on this work, you can also reach out directly to to FamilyEngagement@PTA.org.



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