Do Parents Matter?
This news article in the LA Times seems to imply that parent involvement is not a factor in student achievement.
Reading the article carefully however, will reveal that all schools in the study were low-income schools.
In other words, when comparing students of poor parents to other students of poor parents, parental involvement is not as significant as curriculum alignment and high expectations on the part of the school personnel.
However, comparing the parental involvement of students in middle-class and upper-class schools to students of parents from poor backgrounds could reveal a different headline.