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The following are samples from a survey of 6th- and 8th-graders conducted in May and June of 1994 by the Consortium on Chicago School Research.

During this school year, how often
have you discussed the following with your parents or other adults living with you?
Never 1-2 times 3-5 times More than 5 times
Things you’ve studied in class.
18% 33% 22% 27%
Homework.
15 27 19 39
Your grades.
9 24 21 46
Since the beginning of the school
year, how often have your parents or other adults living with you:
Never 1-2 times 3-5 times More than 5 times Don’t know
Phoned or spoken to your teacher or counselor?
39% 39% 12% 5% 5%
Attended a parent/teacher conference?
51 34 7 4 3
Volunteered at your school?
70 15 5 5 4