NASHVILLE (AP) Tennessee Education Commissioner Bruce Opie says more needs to be expected from parents and guardians and not just students.
He said in a statement that active parents can influence policies, practices and programs that support expanded learning opportunities.
Opie released the comment in conjunction with the 17th annual National Parental Involvement Day.
He said Tennessee can successfully rise to the top only with the help of parents.
Gov. Phil Bredesen said it's important that parents and educators form strong partnerships that will result in higher student achievement.