Welcome to the Etiwanda School District Instruction Department
The Instruction Department provides
leadership in the development and implementation of the district’s
educational programs for preschool through grade 8.
The Instruction Department works
closely with schools to ensure that the highest quality curriculum,
instructional materials, and learning environments are provided to
all of our students. In order to continue our progress on
closing the achievement gap, Instruction provides on-going teacher
training and support through content specialists and professional
development opportunities for both teachers and administrators.
Instruction administers and monitors local and state assessments,
oversees textbook adoption, and continuously reviews state standards
to enhance and increase student achievement.
Assistant Superintendent of
Contact Charlayne Sprague, Assistant Superintendent of
The Director of Pupil Services coordinates pupil services,
including: Bully Prevention programs, Student Attendance and Review
Board, Alternative Studies program, Gifted and Talented Education,
Credit Recovery, and College and Career programs.
The Director of Pupil Services works closely with schools to support
student attendance, student welfare and safety, student due process,
positive behavior, and alternative studies programs.
Jeff Sipos, Director of Pupil Services
Contact Jeff Sipos, Director of Pupil Services
California Common Core
The new Common Core State
Standards provide exciting changes in the way we prepare students
for the future. For the first time, students across the nation will
be on the same page when it comes to learning. From kindergarten to
high school, students gain essential academic skills and develop the
deeper understanding needed for college and career. The Common Core
standards emphasize reasoning, effective communication, and peer
collaboration, all of which allow students to learn, lead and
succeed in the global community.
These rigorous standards focus on
preparing students to be resourceful problem-solvers rather than
rote test-takers. The new assessments, aligned to the Common Core
State Standards, include performance tasks that require students to
synthesize information and solve real-world problems. Through the
use of innovative technology, students develop solutions using tools
and resources that meet the demands of the digital world.
the California Department of Education website and the select the
“Students/Parents” tab to learn more about the Common Core State
California Department of Education: Common Core State Standards
Visit the Smarter
Balanced Assessment System website to learn more about the next
Smarter Balanced Assessments in Language Arts and Math for grades
3-8 and 11
Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
As part of the
California’s transition to Common Core State Standards, the
state has replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)
assessment system with the California Assessment of Student
Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The new assessment system is
aligned with the California Common Core State Standards and will
measure student achievement and growth in English Language Arts
and Mathematics in grades 3-8. The primary purpose of the CAASPP
system is to assist teachers, administrators, and pupils and
their parents by promoting high-quality teaching and learning
through the use of a variety of assessment approaches and item
To learn more about CAASPP, please visit
California Department of Education website on Assessment of
Student Performance and Progress.
Additional information about the Smarter Balanced Field Test can
be found on the
Smarter Balanced Field Test Question and Answer page.
Additional information and
resources on the Common Core State Standards and new state testing (CAASPP
and Smarter Balanced) may be found under the “Parents” link on the
Etiwanda School District website navigation bar on the left.
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