NCSU Study Shows Strong Impact of Parent Engagement on Student Success

New research from North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University and the University of California, Irvine finds that parental involvement is a more significant factor in a child’s academic performance than the qualities of the school itself.

“Our study shows that parents need to be aware of how important they are, and invest time in their children – checking homework, attending school events and letting  kids know school is important,” says Dr. Toby Parcel, a professor of sociology at NC State and co-author of a paper on the work. “That’s where the payoff is.”

The researchers evaluated data from a national representative study that collected information from more than 10,000 students, as well as their parents, teachers and school administrators.

Learn more by reading the NCSU news release about the study.

Free Practice ACT and SAT Test

On February 16th, March 16th, & April 20th, College Tutors of Cary is offering for free, their most popular practice ACT & SAT Tests.

We welcome all 11th or 12th grade students to participate in the practice tests, which assist in measuring their progress thus far and areas still in need of improvement, as well as gain comfort and familiarity with the timing and pacing of the full-length test.

Our practice ACT or SAT test – the student chooses when registering – is a previously released version of each test, and is administered following the same format that students will experience on the real test day. Your students should be at the testing site at 8:30 a.m. and testing begin at 8:45 a.m. Both tests conclude between 12:45 – 1:00 p.m.

The test will be held at Hope Community Church, 821 Buck Jones Road in Raleigh. Students should bring a photo ID, sharpened pencils, calculator (we will not be able to provide them), watch, a snack, and a water bottle. Upon completion, we will lead your student through scoring of the multiple choice portions of his or her own test, ending at approximately at 1:00 p.m. Note that the SAT and ACT Writing Test evaluation will be done by our tutors subsequent to the practice test and we will provide those results to you at a later time.

When testing has concluded, students leave with their preliminary scores and ideas about how they can improve their scores before the real test. Information about our test prep services will also be available for interested parents. There is no obligation to pursue our test prep services upon taking advantage of our free practice test.

Registrations are accepted until 5:00 pm on the Wednesday prior to the practice tests (February 13th, March 13th, & April 17th). Space is limited and we sometimes have to turn late registrations away, don’t delay. To register a student, or if you have questions about this test or our test preparation tutoring, please e-mail Jenn Temple at or phone at (919) 896-7227.

Meredith College Leadership Conference


Meredith College cordially invites you to participate in a free conference for high school juniors to develop and sharpen your leadership skills. Please be mindful that this event is limited to only 250 participants, so registration is required for this event. We look forward to having you on campus!

Click here for more information on the Leadership Conference for High School Women.

Click here to register.