Contemporary School Psychology

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 488–502 | Cite as

The Electronic Home Note Program: An Effective Intervention Package to Improve Parent Program Participation, On-Task Behavior, and Academic Performance

  • Laura Lopach
  • William Jenson
  • John Davis
  • James Knorr
  • Rob O’Neill


The current study examined the efficacy of the Electronic Home Note Program (EHNP) for improving on-task behavior, math performance, and home-school collaboration. The EHNP is a package-ready web-based home note that utilizes Google Drive. The study was conducted in a public elementary school serving predominantly low-income ethnic minority students. Student participants were four males in either the fourth or fifth grade with lower rates of on-task behavior and math performance in comparison to classroom peers. The intervention phase was 4 to 5 weeks in duration. Results indicate large effects (Tau-U = 0.90) for on-task behavior, which were maintained for all students when compared with baseline at a 3-week follow-up. During the intervention phase, three of four student’s on-task rates improved to a level that approximated that of classroom peers. Results indicate medium effects (Tau-U = 0.65) for math problem completion and large effects in math accuracy (Tau-U = 0.70). Parents consistently reviewed electronic home note (EHN) data with their child 84% at home. Parent, student, and teacher ratings indicate acceptable social validity of the EHNP. All parents and teachers reported the EHNP improved their home-school collaboration. The utility of using a web-based package-ready EHN is discussed.


Behavior interventions Electronic home note Daily behavior report card Academic achievement Educational technology 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflicts of Interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there are no conflicts of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of UtahMissoulaUSA

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