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Elementary School

What Can I Expect My Child to Learn?

The Oregon State Standards define what students should know and be able to do within a content area at specific stages in their education. In addition to setting and supporting the educational standards, the goal of the standards and instructional support team is to ensure that every learner’s strengths are recognized and their skills are developed through the opportunity to receive high-quality instruction, programming and services.



GBSD utilizes a balanced system of assessment that includes a continuum of tools and strategies that measure student learning. Assessment occurs at multiple levels and serve a variety of purposes.

State Level: Oregon public schools test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science and social sciences in grades 5, 8, and 11. Additional assessments include an incoming Kindergarten assessment, an English language proficiency assessment for our English learners (ELs) and the Extended Assessment for our students with special needs. 

For additional information on State Assessments check out our Research and Assessment Department

District Level: These assessments monitor student academic growth across the district and help provide information about students who may need additional support.

Classroom Level: Educators design assessments to monitor student understanding of concepts and skills in order to help with instructional decisions.

Curriculum Adoptions

Resources from the Oregon Department of Education's approved curriculum list have been adopted to support instruction in multiple subject areas.

K-5 Literacy:

  • Wonders published by McGraw-Hill

K-2 Literacy Foundational Skills:

  • Enhanced Core Reading Instruction (ECRI) published by Center on Teaching & Learning
  • 3 to 5 Literacy 
  • 95% Group Phonics

K-5 Literacy (Dual Language Instruction):

  • Maravillas published by McGraw-Hill

K-5 Mathematics: Currently being Adopted 2023-24

  • iReady Classroom Math, 2024 published by Curriculum Associates

K-5 Health:

K-5 Science:

  • STEMscopes Science published by Accelerate Learning

Digital Resources

McGraw Hill's ConnectEd digital platform

• iReady Reading and Math personalized path of online lessons.

Right Brain Initiative

GBSD elementary schools all participate in the Right Brain Initiative. It is is designed to transforms learning for all children through the arts, creativity, innovation and whole-brain thinking. 

Right Brain Initiative Logo

Link to the Right Brain Initiative Website