In 2006 a local school project was financed by a municipality in order to raise student participation, increase school-home contact and elevate the status of students with other mother tongues in socially challenged areas of the city. The project was based on the assumption that raised student participation and increased parental involvement would lead to more passing grades and more students qualifying to proceed to high school. The research is based on data collected through that project in order to further explore the relationship between these aspects. The aim to explore the relation between participation in school, parental involvement and academic achievement and its relation to the students’ mother tongue. This longitudinal study includes 780 students, their teachers and parents.

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