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  • Common Core | Guides & Resources | Testing & Assessment | Learning at Home

     The following links provide information for parents about the Reading program in the Buffalo Public Schools, as well as access to district learning resources at home.

    Common Core
    Learn more about the Common Core here.
    Achieve the Core
    Common Core Standards
    Common Core Standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in credit-bearing, academic college courses and in workforce training programs. Learn More!
    3-Minute Video Explaining Common Core
    Guides & Resources
    NYSED, PTA and engageNY all offer important parent resources.
    Harcourt Parent Resources
    You will find help in making your child a better reader and writer along with tips on internet safety.
    Reading Rockets for Parents
    ELA - Parent Roadmaps for K-12
    Math & ELA Parent Guides for Student Success - K-12
    These guides provide an overview of what your child will learn by the end of each grade K-12 in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. It focuses on the key skills your child will learn in these subjects, which will build a strong foundation for success in the other subjects he or she studies throughout the school year. These guides are based on the new Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 states.
    Parent Education Resources from NYSED
    Direct Instruction FAQs
    Here are the answers to the mostly commonly asked questions about the Direct Instruction Program–a highly structured, highly interactive teaching approach that delivers explicit, sequential, and systematic instruction to move students to mastery at the fastest possible pace.
    Parent's Toolkit from engageny
    The Toolkit for Parents and Families is a collection of materials and resources that will help parents and families understand the New York State education reform initiatives and how the changes will help your child graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
    Testing & Assessment
    Important information about the tests your child takes.
    Non-Common Core Aligned Tests
    Common Core Sample Questions
    New CCLS Assessments
    The new comprehensive assessment systems are being built for the primary purpose of measuring student progress against the newly adopted Common Core State Standards.
    Common Core Video-Assessments
    Common Core State Standards Text Exemplars
    New CCLS Assessments
    The new comprehensive assessment systems are being built for the primary purpose of measuring student progress against the newly adopted Common Core State Standards.
    Learning at Home
    Free online applications for Learning at Home!
    OnLine Dictionary is one the largest free online dictionaries. Instantly look up accurate definitions and word meanings. The site offers a comprehensive resource of definitions, synonyms and cultural terms, etymologies, pronunciations, slang, word of the day and more.
    BPS eResources
    Buffalo Public Schools e-Resources Center. So? e-Resources? What are those? ...Think. Online.. Anytime.. Anywhere access to: Your classroom textbooks, Reference materials, e-books, Databases and Learning activities.
    Martha Speaks
    The Martha Speaks site has "lots of stuff" kids can do on their own. The games, videos, and activities are fun, and they help kids learn new words, too! Kids can play and learn.
    ThinkBright Lifelong Learning includes a television channel and an online service that supports and enhances the educational experiences of teachers, students, families, and adult learners throughout New York State.
    Gale Databases
    Covering all core curriculum areas, including history, literature, science, social studies, and more, this portal provides a premium selection of reference material including thousands of full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary sources, creative works, e-books, video and audio clips as well as podcasts.
    *Passwords to log on to World Book On-line are available from your child's teacher or librarian or by email. Click Here