In one week, Louisiana public school students will begin taking the LEAP, iLEAP and GEE standardized tests. Testing begins Monday, March 10, and the Louisiana Department of Education has opened a online help center and tutoring hotline (877-453-2721) that will run through this Friday, March 7. The hotline's open from 3 until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and sample questions are available online. You can also download practice tests.

Cox is also offering free video tutorials through Cox OnDemands. LEAP 21: Making the Grade, is a joint effort between LPB and the Louisiana State Department of Education and helps students prepare for the math and language arts sections of the LEAP test, with 15 segments each for 4th and 8th graders based the state's tutoring guide. In order to access the tutorials, Cox Digital subscribers should tune their TVs to Cox Channel 1, select "FreeZone," select "LEAP," and then make the appropriate tutorial selection.

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