Curriculum, Intervention, and Assessments

The Office of Curriculum and Assessment oversees instructional materials adoption, district literacy and math assessments, Standardized Testing and the articulation of both mandatory and local assessments. District-wide Professional Development in the elementary and secondary districts is also coordinated through this office. Other programs and services within the Office of Curriculum and Assessment include curriculum committees, monitoring and reporting No Child Left Behind compliance, review and approval of instructional materials, analysis of new course proposals for Board approval, instructional reform taskforces and articulation with higher education. The major focus of Curriculum and Assessment is collaboration with administrators and teachers to promote and enhance academic achievement for all students.

Curriculum study groups and task forces include: Elementary Literacy Leadership Committee, Secondary Portfolio Team, Visual & Performing Arts 5-Year Planning Taskforce, K-8 Math Reform Network, and the Two-Way Immersion Taskforce.

State Standards-Based Assessment is a responsibility of this department. State/Federal required testing includes California Standards Testing (CST) in grades 2-11, California Modified Assessment (CMA) in grades 3-5, California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) in grades 2-11, Physical Fitness Testing(PFT) for grades 5, 7, and 9, and GATE Naglieri Testing for Grade 3 (Nonverbal evaluation of gifted talent and abilities).

The Office of Curriculum and Assessment works with the Office of Academic Equity and Categorical Programs in the administration of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) administered annually to all English Learners.  SCCS also ensures testing for those students who reside in the district and attend classes in County Office of Education programs or Non-Public Schools. Analysis of multiple measures of assessment ensures that the data is reliable and reflective of varied learning styles and unique student needs. Review of student performance data provides assurance that our schools utilize research-based strategies in model programs designed to meet the needs of all students.

In addition to passing the required courses for credit, high school students are required to pass two assessments in order to graduate from Santa Cruz City Schools:

  1. The SCCS High School English Language Arts Portfolio; a Board approved local assessment that requires high school students to demonstrate proficiency in multiple reading and writing genres.

Contacts:

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SCCS Curriculum, Intervention, and Assessments Division

Julia Hodges

Secondary Director

429-3410 ext. 242 

 juliahodges@sccs.net 

Mary Anne Robb

Elementary Director

429-3410 ext. 243

 marobb@sccs.net

Judy Bartle

Administrative Assistant

429-3410 ext.244  

 jbartle@sccs.net 

Eugenia Robles-Colmenares

Administrative Assistant

429-3410 ext. 218

 eroblescolmenares@sccs.net

Junnue Partida

Data Assessment Specialist

429-3410 ext. 256

 jpartida@sccs.net

Beatriz Diaz

 Lead Account Tech

429-3410 ext. 266

 bdiaz@sccs.net 

 

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You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

– Clay P. Bedford

 

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