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California Assessment System 2012-13

Table describing the various assessments administered in California schools.

Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program

Test Type Participants Grade Level(s) Content Tested
CSTs

CR
SB
MC
PA

All students unless their individualized education program indicates assessment with CAPA or CMA.
2-11
  • Grades 2 through 11
    English-Language Arts and Mathematics
  • Grades 4 and 7
    Writing
  • Grades 8 through 11
    History-Social Science
  • Grades 5, 8-11
    Science
CAPA CR
SB
PA
Students with significant cognitive disabilities who are unable to take the CSTs even with accommodations or modifications and whose individualized education program indicates assessment with CAPA.
2-11
  • Grades 2 through 11
    English-Language Arts and Mathematics
  • Grades 5, 8, 10
    Science
CMA CR
SB
MC
PA

Students whose individualized education program indicates assessment with CMA.

For a complete list of options, please see the CMA Participant Criteria.

3-11
  • Grades 3 through 11
    English-Language Arts
  • Grades 3 through 7
    Mathematics
  • Grades 7 and 8
    Algebra I
  • Grades 8 through 11
    Geometry
  • Grades 4 and 7
    Writing
  • Grades 5, 8, 10
    Science
STS CR
SB
MC
Spanish-speaking English learners who either receive instruction in their primary language or have been enrolled in a school in the United States less than 12 months.
2-11
  • Reading/Language Arts and Mathematics
EAP SB
MC
PA
Voluntary
11
Augmentations to CSTs in:
English-Language Arts, Algebra II, Summative High School Mathematics

Other Assessments

Test Type Participants Grade Level(s) Content Tested
CELDT

CR
SB
MC
PA

All new enrolled students whose primary language is not English must take the test within 30 calendar days after they are enrolled in a California public school for the first time. The CELDT also must be given once each year to English learners until they are reclassified. K-12 Listening — Speaking — Reading — Writing
CAHSEE CR
SB
MC
PA
All grade 10 students. Students in grades 11 and 12 and adult students who have previously passed. Students with disabilities may be exempt from meeting the CAHSEE requirement as a condition of graduation or receiving a diploma. 10-12
Adult students
English-Language Arts — Mathematics
PFT CR
PA
All students 5,7,9 Aerobic Capacity — Body Composition: Abdominal Strength and Endurance, Trunk Extensor, Strength and Flexibility — Upper Body Strength and Endurance — Flexibility
CHSPE CR
MC
PA
Voluntary. Ages 16 and up or completed grade 10. Reading — Language — Mathematics
GED CR
MC
PA
Voluntary. Age 18
Age 17 eligible.
Reading — Writing — Mathematics — Science — Social Science
NAEP CR
MC
A sample of grade and age eligible students in selected schools. Grades 4, 8, 12 Reading — Mathematics

Note: Results include individual, school, district, county, and state except for EAP—individual only, NAEP—national and state only, CHSPE—individual, school, and district only, and GED—individual only.

Legend
  • STAR - Standardized Testing and Reporting Program
  • CSTs - California Standards Tests
  • CAPA - California Alternate Performance Assessment
  • CMA - California Modified Assessment
  • STS - Standards-based Tests in Spanish
  • EAP - Early Assessment Program
  • CELDT - California English Language Development Test
  • CAHSEE - California High School Exit Examination
  • PFT - Physical Fitness Test
  • CHSPE - California High School Proficiency
  • GED - General Educational Development
  • NAEP - National Assessment of Educational Progress
  • SB - Standards-based
  • CR - Criterion-referenced
  • MC - Multiple choice
  • PA - Performance assessment
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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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