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Supplemental information for the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program.

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California Standards Test (CST) Science Reference Sheets

Samples of the science reference sheets for the CSTs in chemistry, physics, integrated science, grade eight science, and grade five science that are found in each of the test booklets.

STAR Test Blueprints

California Standards Test

California Alternate Performance Assessment

California Modified Assessment

Standards-based Tests in Spanish

Released Test Questions

California Standards Test (CST) Released Questions
Released test questions for English-language arts, mathematics, history-social science, and science.

Guidelines on Academic Preparation for State Assessments (PDF; 2MB)
Appropriate academic preparation for all state assessments.

California Writing Standards Tests

2008

Teacher Guide for the 2008 California Writing Standards Test in Grade Four (PDF; 1MB)
This guide includes the grade four writing tasks administered in spring 2008 with sample student responses and teacher commentaries.

Teacher Guide for the 2008 California Writing Standards Test in Grade Seven (PDF; 1MB)
This guide includes the grade seven writing tasks administered in spring 2008 with sample student responses and teacher commentaries.

Previous Years' Writing Tests

Questions and Answers about the California Writing Standards Test in Grades Four and Seven (Posted 02-Feb-2006; PDF; 2MB)
Answers to questions about the California Writing Standards Tests 2005.

Scoring Process | DOC
Scoring process for the grade four and grade seven California Writing Standards Tests 2005.

Technical Reports and Studies

Technical Reports and Studies

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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