What Parents Need to Know

You may have already noticed that your children’s homework is getting tougher. They are expected to learn in new ways and educators are expected to teach more in depth. Mississippi’s students and teachers can meet the challenge of these higher standards but they need your support to succeed.

If you notice your child is struggling in a certain area, talk with your child’s teacher to identify strategies and resources that may be helpful. You are empowered to find ways to make sure your child reaches his/her full potential under these new standards.

As parents, we want our children to have the opportunity to receive a great education so they are prepared for the college or career of their dreams. It is our goal to empower families with resources and information they need to help their child be successful in school. 

Understanding what it’s like for your child to learn under the higher standards is important. It’s our goal to provide you with the resources and information to help prepare your child for success in each grade level.

You may review and use any of the following resources to help your child. These resources will be updated regularly:


What Kids Can Do

This 20-page handbook summarizes the research on how parents help their children succeed. It offers tips in seven areas: homework, managing stress, self-control, motivation and challenge, keeping at it, curiosity and resourcefulness, and self-confidence.

HotChalk Education Network

It gives parents and students the news, information and other resources needed to stay informed about college and career readiness educational standards.

College and Career Readiness Guide for Parents

Defining College and Career Readiness: A Resource Guide


U.S. Department of Education Parent Guides 

The Helping Your Child publication series aims to provide parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and life. These booklets feature practical lessons and activities to help school-aged and preschool children master reading, understand the value of homework and develop the skills and values necessary to achieve and grow.

Discovery Education 

Resources to help students master the basics of mathematics of numbers and number operations. Videos and tutorials explain basic operations and help with the mastery of math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division--essential building blocks for success in mathematics.

Great Minds: Support for Parents

Parents are their child’s chief advocate and most essential teacher – at homework time and always. To assist in this crucial role, we have assembled a suite of resources that will help you to help your child become proficient in math.

Videos: High School Milestones

This free online collection shows teens demonstrating 13 important communications, academic, and life skills that all high-schoolers need to master, with practical tips that parents can use to help at home.

Homework Help Desk

Infoplease Homework

Improving Critical Thinking

College and Career-Ready Standards and Students with Disabilities: What Parents Need to Know 



Elementary Math Games

Math games for parents to play with their child K-5.

How to Learn Math: For Students

Parents and students can explore this free online course that encourages students to learn mathematics without fear.

Bedtime Math website

(Grades K-3) - Building a Positive Mathematical Mindset. The free activities are located under the “Today’s Fun Math” tab.

Math Problem-Solving Skills 

Top 10 Math Websites for parents and kids

Problem Solving with Bar Models: Practice Problems and Tutorials (Grades K-5)

Download the Thinking Blocks App (Grades K-5):

ConceptuaMath (Grades 3-5)

Math Live (Grades K-5)

Number Rock (K-5)



Free Online Graphing Calculator (7-12)

Yay Math (9-12) 



Read, Write, Think

Reading Rockets

PBS Education

News ELA – nonfiction texts for comprehension

Time for Kids – nonfiction texts for comprehension

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