BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Department of Education is setting out to get parents more involved in their child’s education by launching the Be Engaged Initiative.

Education Program Consultant Dr. Antiqua Hunter says the reason behind this new initiative is that when they looked at the academic performance of Louisiana students, less than 50% were on grade level. 

They are doing this by introducing the PimsPoints App, which will allow parents to receive communications from the school, virtually sign documents, and get rewards for participating in school events.

“As they participate in events or do any of those other activities, they earn points for being engaged and so we partner with local businesses to put coupons into the system so parents can redeem their points for a local coupon,” says Dr. Hunter. 

She adds this is only the first step in the Be Engaged Initiative, and although they are still in the pilot phase here in Louisiana, they are hoping to see improvement in student success as parents become more involved.

For more information, visit the Be Engaged Initiative website here