ELA Parent Resources Page


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

Teaching & Learning Links
Advanced Placement Program
Advanced Placement [AP] courses provide BPS students with  rigorous, college level coursework and the opportunity to gain college credits while still in high school. Two AP English courses are currently offered in BPS. Learn More!
Common Core Standards (CCS)
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!
New CCS 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.
OnLine Dictionary
Dictionary.com 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.
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.
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.
Harcourt Parent Resources
You will find help in making your child a better reader and writer along with tips on internet safety.
Parents' Guides to 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.
Recommended Reading
Help your child to become a better reader. Download the NIFL booklets for tips, strategies, and advice..... all proven ideas based on research....to help you give your child a head start in school.
Ticket to Read
Ticket to Read is a fun and motivating online reading program, helping students become active readers. The program is designed for grades K–6, and students work independently on leveled fluency and reading skills.
World Book On-line*
This is a great place to start, especially if you don't know much about a topic and want a general overview before beginning your in-depth research. It's also great for narrowing a topic. If you need a password Click Here.
Additional Parent Links
This collection of websites offers a variety of teaching and learning links as well as educational games, parenting sites and links to important information and agencies at both the state and national level.
For Family Use
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
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.

Parent Resources
K-12 Parents' Guide to Student Sucess*

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These guides, published by the National PTA, provide an overview of what your child will learn by the end of each grade K-12 in mathematics and English language arts/literacy.

These guides are based on the new Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 states.

*National PTA, 2011



*Passwords to log on to World Book On-line are available from your child's teacher or librarian or by email. Click Here