Help your child be a wise consumer of information, spot fake news, and explain the news to kids. Resources at this site are specifically designed for tweens and teens and their parents.
Help your child create a correct bibliography for research projects with Easybib's easy fill-in-the-blank style.
What is a Lexile Score
Your child's reading level is tested three times per year through the Reading Inventory and is recorded through a Lexile level. Their website provides a description of Lexile reading levels and the reading levels of many books to help match students to titles on their level.
DISCUS should be your first stop for any research! These valuable databases are provided through the SC State Library and include magazines, encyclopedias, newspapers, etc. This list specifically focuses on the middle school databases.
Department of Education
This is list of helpful resources compiled by the SC Department of Education to inform and assist parents in helping their children become successful students.
The Education Oversight Committee created a document to help parents understand the South Carolina standards for all subjects.
Book Finding Resources
Brightly features book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more. From the site: "At Brightly, we believe reading has the power to illuminate kids’ lives. But we also know how hard it can be to connect kids with the right books at the right time and keep them engaged with reading as they grow. We want to make it a little easier, and a lot more fun, for parents and educators to raise children who love to read."
Guide to Middle School Literature
This resource is a compilation of several lists of high-interest, current book suggestions specifically for middle school students.
SC Junior Book Awards
The SC Junior Book Award is a state program open to all students in 6-8 grades. These titles of a variety of genres and levels are chosen by a committee made up of librarians, teachers, parents, and students who narrow each year's list to 20 titles. Students are encouraged to read at least three titles and vote for their favorite by the end of February each year. Each year's winner is chosen by middle school students from all around the state of SC.