Online tool 'Homework Help' rolled out for parents

Online tool 'Homework Help' rolled out for parents

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - While Common Core is battled out in the court next month, the state adopted standards are here for now, and students will be taking the PARCC test come Spring.

It's why the Calcasieu Parish School System has rolled out a new online tool for parents.

Schools already host Open House or Parent University nights to help parents understand what their children are learning in the classroom, but  now they'll have another resource available to them.

It's called 'Homework Help'. And school officials say it's the first online tool of its kind in the state.

"We're very excited to rollout our new 'Homework Help' site," said Kirby Smith, Public Information Officer for the Calcasieu Parish School Board.

It's brand new and now out. The Calcasieu Parish School System has an online tool to help parents help their students with homework.

"The site provides resources for K-12. But there is a heavy concentration in the grades that are using Eureka Math, which is again, elementary and middle," explained Smith.

Smith says they're focusing on math in those grades because that's where they see the biggest need.

"We did see a slight learning curve in the beginning but from what we understand, talking to other districts, and we've seen it here in our own schools last year who used Eureka Math, the students definitely catch on and start running full speed," added Smith.

But for those who need additional help, worksheets, problem sets including answers, and even video lessons by the district's own teachers will continuously be uploaded on the site.

"We know that they need help, they're asking for help, and we're here to do that for them. This homework site just goes through all of that again and provides an additional layer of support to the parents and what they need," said Smith.

The site also includes resources for high school students.

"They're going to find a lot of assistance with A.C.T. and end of course assessment prep work. So, practice tests, different study guides and those are going to be in all subject areas," said Smith.

While Smith says they'll reassess things in the spring, for now they're moving forward.

"Our school system is not for or against the Common Core state standards or Eureka Math or any of adopted curriculums in other subjects. Realistically that's what we're facing. The state has adopted the Common Core state standards as well as the PARCC assessment that we'll take in the spring. And as best as we know, from the state department, Eureka Math will prepare our students for that PARCC test," explained Smith.

The site opened Thursday evening and Smith hopes parents will take a look.

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