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Louisiana parents encouraged to learn about new State Standards

WEDNESDAY, MAY 02, 2012 15:04 PM

In Vidalia, Louisiana, teachers are not the only ones getting to know the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). According to The Natchez Democrat, officials from the Concordia Parish School Board are encouraging parents to familiarize themselves with the new Standards their children will soon encounter in the classroom.

"I think they need to be informed as to the impact these changes are going to have on their children’s education," Rhonda Wilson, Concordia Parish’s CCSS specialist, told the news source.

Recently, the CCSS were the main focus of the district’s annual Title I Parent Involvement Meeting. In addition to attending this gathering, teachers will meet with the parents of first-, second-, fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders throughout the month to shed light on the Common Core.

Concordia Parish plans to introduce the CCSS to its kindergarteners and first-graders during the 2012-2013 academic year, the news outlet reported. Full implementation for the remaining grades will be completed by the 2014-2015 school year. Once the Standards are implemented, Concordia Parish educators will provide lessons that are aligned with college and work expectations, according to the CCSS’ website.

If parents help their children with nightly homework assignments, having a greater sense of what is expected of them in the classroom can only benefit students.