Marcia Russell, Ed.D.
Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
The Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment oversees the instructional program offered to all students, including student assessment.
The BUSD assessment system includes a variety of diagnostic and progress monitoring tests given throughout the school year in all classrooms to assess students' literacy and mathematics skills. Assessments include RenLearn Star360 Early Literacy, Reading, and Math, Hasbrouck & Tindal's Phonics Survey and Hasbrouck & Tindal's Oral Reading Fluency Assessment. A district genre writing assessment is also administered.
CAASPP interim assessments are also administered to 3rd-6th grade students in the fall and winter trimesters to monitor students' progress and diagnose areas of need.
CAASPP summative assessments are administered to 3rd-6th grade students in the spring trimester.
Language and Literacy Initiative
As part of BUSD's LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) a major goal is to improve student achievement in literacy by the end of grade 3. The following report details some of the literacy initiatives in BUSD.