Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)
The purpose of the STAR Program is to measure how well students are learning the knowledge and skills identified in California’s content standards. The content standards describe what students in each grade should know and be able to do in English–language arts, mathematics, history–social science, and science.
All students in grades two through eleven participate in the STAR Program each year. The STAR Program includes four tests that provide different information for different purposes. By having more than one test, all students can participate in the STAR Program. The purpose of the CSTs is to show how well students are achieving California’s content standards for core subjects. The CMA and CAPA results show how well students with differing degrees of disabilities are achieving California’s content standards in the subjects tested. The STS series assesses the academic achievement of Spanish-speaking English learners.
Together, the STAR Program tests ensure that information about the academic achievement of all students is collected on a regular basis. This information is critical to evaluating the quality of education provided to California’s students. To ensure that schools have the most complete information possible, all students need to participate. STAR Program test results, along with other available information, help school staff form a more complete picture of their students’ academic achievement.
Parents or guardians who wish more information about the STAR or their student’s results on the STAR, should contact their student’s teacher and/or school office.
California Department of Education STAR Program Resources - Gives information on STAR blueprints, released test questions, and other student/parent resources.
Parent Guides to STAR Student Reports - Gives an overview of how to read the STAR Student Reports.
California Standards Tests (CST)
California Modified Assessment (CMA)
California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA)
Standards-based Tests in Spanish
Pruebas En Español Basadas En Los Estándares De California
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