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Curriculum & Instruction

The Curriculum and Instruction Department provides student achievement support to schools within the Gilroy Unified School District through programs and materials, staff development, and effective instruction for students at  all levels. The overarching goal of the Curriculum and Instruction Department is to provide the most current standards-based materials, the most relevant and meaningful learning opportunities for teachers and students, and targeted support for students.

Textbooks and Instructional Materials

Instruction in Gilroy Unified School District is aligned with the California Frameworks for K-12 Public Schools. Textbooks are purchased following the state adoption cycle.

Note: Assembly Bill X4 2, signed in July 2009, suspended the process and procedures for adopting instructional materials, including framework revisions until the 2013-14 school year.  In 2011, Senate Bill 70 extended that suspension until the 2015-16 school year.  The California Department of Education is currently revising the frameworks to align with the Common Core Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards and the updated English Language Development Standards.  For more information, see the California Department of Education website at

In addition to the textbooks listed below, teachers in Gilroy Unified School District use a variety of supplementary Common Core State Standards - aligned instructional resources to ensure that students master the standards.  

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

  • Teacher materials
  • Mathematics Their Way

Grades K-5

  • Reading/Language Arts: Benchmark Advance
  • Mathematics: HMH GoMath!
  • Science: Harcourt: California  Science
  • Social Studies:K-3-Pearson,/Scott Foresman: History Social Science for California

Grades 6-8

  • Reading/Language Arts: McGraw-Hill StudySync
  • Mathematics: CPM: Core Connections
  • Science: Holt: California Middle School Science
  • Social Studies:
    • Glencoe: California Discovering our Past 
    • TCI: History Alive

English Language Development and Intervention

  • K-5: Macmillan McGraw Hill: Treasures ELD
  • 6-8 National Geographic Hampton Brown: Inside
  • 9-12   National Geographic Hampton  Brown: Edge
  • 6-12: Read 180

High School

All high school instructional materials are approved by the GUSD governing Board and are aligned with the courses of study. These are located at the District Office in the Educational Services Department.


In August 2010, California adopted the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.  These standards define what students are expected to learn at each grade level. The standards set goals for learning that build throughout grades Kindergarten through grade 12.  Resources related to the Common Core State Standards can be viewed at

The Common Core Standards reflect the knowledge and skills that students need for success in college and careers. The standards offer a more in- and rigorous approach to learning, emphasizing critical thinking, problem solving and application of knowledge to real world situations.

At Gilroy Unified School District, teachers have been actively engaged in aligning classroom practices and instructional materials with the Common Core Standards.

In 2012, the English Language Development (ELD) standards were revised to align with the Common Core standards for English language arts. The ELD standards help guide curriculum, instruction, and assessment for English learners who are developing the English language skills needed to engage successfully with state subject matter standards for college and career readiness. Resources related to the ELD standards can be found at

In 2013, California also adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Kindergarten through Grade Twelve.  Information about the Next Generation Science Standards can be found at

Together, the revised standards provide a roadmap for teachers to support students at each grade level in successfully meeting the learning goals for each set of standards.

Beginning in spring 2015, students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 will be evaluated with the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)   assessment measure which is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.