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Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)

The Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program ended on July 1, 2013. The STAR program was replaced by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. STAR test results and CAASPP results cannot be reliably compared because CAASPP evaluates new standards that emphasize analytical thinking, problem solving and communications skills.

Each spring, students in grades two through eleven take a STAR test. The STAR Program looks at how well schools and students are performing. Students take tests in math, reading, writing, science, and history. Teachers and parents can use test results to improve student learning.

The STAR Program includes four tests: the California Standards Tests, the California Modified Assessment, the California Alternate Performance Assessment, and the Standards-based Tests in Spanish.

  • For more information about the STAR Program, contact your local school district.
  • The STAR - CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview of the program.
  • The links and information below were developed for educators and others who are directly involved with the STAR Program.

Rescheduled Release of the 2012 Standardized Testing and Reporting Program Results (PDF)

Important Message from Deputy Superintendent Deborah V.H. Sigman Regarding Security of Assessments (PDF)

Sample STAR Test Questions for Parents and Teachers External link opens in new window or tab.
New searchable Web site featuring questions from the California Standards Tests; includes questions from each grade level, information about levels of performance, and grade-level parent guides.

2013 STAR Annual Report to the Legislature (DOC)

Testing Variations, Accommodations, and Modifications

Program Resources

Copyright permission, performance level tables, reference sheets, California Standards Tests blueprints, writing guides, released test questions, information and assistance packets, and technical reports.

CAPA Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA)

California Modified Assessment (CMA)

Administrative Documents
STAR regulations, apportionment, and Items and Estimated Time Charts.

CDE Calendars
Testing dates, fiscal deadlines, and scheduled conferences.

Pre-Identification and Data Editing and Reporting Services for Statewide Assessments
Describes Pre-ID services through the test vendor.

Questions:   California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Office | | 916-445-8765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 19, 2015

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