Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

  • The Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment oversees the instructional program offered to all students, including student assessment.

    Adopted Curriculum

    • English Language Arts: TK - Happily Ever After, TK Dual Immersion - Frog Street PreK, K Dual Immersion - McGraw-Hill Maravillas, Estrellitas, K-6 McGraw-Hill Wonders, 4-6 ELA Core Replacement Course - National Geographic Inside, SDC - Voyager Passport, 7-12 Accelerate Education 
    • Math: TK-5 McGraw-Hill My Math, Grade 6 - Glencoe/McGraw-Hill CA Math
    • History/Social Science: K-6 MacMillan/McGraw Hill California Vistas
    • Science: K-6 MacMillan/McGraw Hill California Science


    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
    • 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.


    SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) is a research-based foundational skills program based on the premise that beginning literacy is best taught through two distinct strands, one focusing on decoding and the other on comprehension. Although comprehension is relatively grade-level specific, students differ dramatically in their decoding skills. To address these differences, decoding instruction must be flexible and multi-leveled, both across and within grades.

    The SIPPS program uses a unique process and content to help students develop reading fluency quickly and effectively.

    Our Literacy Para-Professionals have been trained to utilize SIPPs to support students in all grades in the Bellevue Union School District.

    GRADES K–3

    Beginning Level addresses the simple alphabetic phase.
    Extension Level addresses the spelling-pattern phase.
    Challenge Level addresses the most complex, polysyllabic/morphemic phase.

    GRADES 4–12

    SIPPS Plus addresses the simple alphabetic and spelling-pattern phases of foundational skills instruction and is uniquely designed for intervention instruction for students in grades 4–12. 
    Challenge Level addresses the most complex, polysyllabic stage of decoding. Differentiated word lists make it easy to adapt each lesson for readers in middle or high school.