Instruction and Pupil Services

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.

Charlayne Sprague, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction/Pupil Services

Contact Charlayne Sprague, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction/Pupil Services


Pupil Services

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 State Standards

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.

Visit the California Department of Education website and the select the “Students/Parents” tab to learn more about the Common Core State Standards.

California Department of Education: Common Core State Standards

Visit the Smarter Balanced Assessment System website to learn more about the next generation assessments.

Smarter Balanced Assessments in Language Arts and Math for grades 3-8 and 11


California 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 types.

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.