Educational Services

  • Welcome! The Saratoga Union School District Educational Services Department encompasses a variety of functions including curriculum, testing and assessment, and special projects. Please use the subject links on this page to explore different educational areas of support.

Contact Us

  • During the school year, parents/guardians will be notified via eNews of upcoming Educational Services informational meetings and events. The public also is welcome to attend SUSD Board of Trustee meetings as Educational Services updates are often on the agenda.

    For questions, please contact us:

    Roberta Zarea

    Assistant Superintendent
    rzarea@saratogausd.org
    408.867.3424

    Lisa Gilligan

    Administrative Assistant
    lgilligan@saratogausd.org
    408.867.3424

Educational Services - Areas of Support

  • Curriculum and Standards

    • English and Language Arts (ELA)
    • Mathematics
    • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • Physical Education (PE)
    • Social Studies
    • Art
    • Music
    • Technology

    State Assessments

    • Smarter Balanced (SBAC) Summative Math and ELA/Literacy
      • Administered annually to students in grades 3-8 in late spring
    • California Science Test (CAST)
      • Administered annually to students in grades 5 and 8 in late spring
    • California Alternate Assessment (CAA)
      • Administered annually to eligible students with significant cognitive disabilities and whose individualized education program (IEP) team has designated the use of an alternate assessment on statewide summative assessments in Math and ELA (grades 3-8), and Science (grades 5 and 8).
    • English Language Proficiency Assessments for CA (ELPAC)
      • Administered when a new student starts school in SUSD if he/she has indicated a language other than English as their primary language. Students who are designated as English Learners are tested annually to monitor progress until he/she is deemed fluent in English.
      • Note: this assessment was formerly known as the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) 
    • Fitness Gram Physical Education
      • Administered to students in grades 5 and 7 in spring. The Fitness Gram measures area of fitness including strength, flexibility, body mass, and endurance.

    District Data and Assessments

    • Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)
    • Middle school math placement assessments
    • MARS (Mathematics Assessment Resource Service) Math Performance Assessments
    • Elementary writing workshop assessments
    • Curriculum-embedded assessments
    • Progress monitoring of students and student groups

    Instructional Materials, Supplementary Materials, and Curriculum Programs

    • Dreambox - online math learning
    • Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
    • STEMscopes
    • Health & Comprehensive Sexuality Education
    • Wellness, Social Emotional Literacy (Project Cornerstone)
    • Elementary Progress Updates (report cards)
    • Professional Development for teachers, administrators, and classified staff
    • Parent Education
    • Safety & Emergency Plans and Committee
    • STEAM Team (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)
    • District Leadership Team
    • DELAC (District English Language Advisory Committee)
    • English Learner Programs & Services
    • Academic Summer School
    • 504 Plan Coordinator
    • Title IX Coordinator
    • Attendance and SARB (School Attendance Review Board)
    • State and Federal Compliance Mandates
    • Field Trips
    • Innovative Leadership Team (Teachers on Special Assignment and Instructional Coaches)
    • Instructional Minutes
    • Saratoga Education Foundation Enrichment Programs (Visual Art, Music, Elementary Science Aides, Rhythm & Moves)
    • Principals’ Meetings
    • Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSA)
    • School Accountability Report Card (SARC)
    • Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP

    You may find this Glossary of acronyms and definitions helpful!

Education Standards and Instruction to State Standards

    • K-5 SUSD Progress Update (Report Card) Guide: 
      This is your guide to the SUSD Progress Updates. An effective family engagement system includes multiple ways of communicating with you about your child's performance and progress.
    • Common Core State Standards (CCSS):
      The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed through a state-led initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards for English-language arts and mathematics that would better prepare students for success in college, career, and the competitive global economy.

    • Smarter Balanced Assessment: 
      The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and that accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness.

    • 21st Century Learning: 
      Today's students are moving beyond the basics and embracing the 4 C's: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity.

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