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Student participation in statewide assessments

Student Participation in Statewide Assessments:

STAR DRDPNovember 16, 2010ISES

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The Presenters

Meredith Cathcart Special Education Division

Patty Salcedo DR access Project



  • Participants will:

    • be familiar with the STAR Program and student’s with IEPs participation

    • be familiar with the DRDP access and children with IEPs participation

    • Review indicators 3 and 7 requirements and procedures

    • Recommend improvement activities

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The STAR Program

The star program

The STAR Program

  • All students (including students with disabilities) in grades two through eleven must participate in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, if enrolled in a California public school

  • To measure how well students are learning the knowledge and skills identified in the California content standards

  • Provides information, to be used in part, in the determination of how well schools and/or school districts are meeting state and federal accountability requirements

Video clip

Video Clip


The star program1

The STAR Program

  • California Standards Test (CST)

  • California Modified Assessment (CMA)

  • California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA)

  • Standards-based Test in Spanish (STS)

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Most students participate in the CST

Some students participate in the CMA

A fewstudents participate in the CAPA

For All Students -Including students with IEPs or 504 Plans

For students with IEPs

For students with IEPs

Assessment blueprints

Assessment Blueprints

The content standards chosen to be tested are identified in the assessment blueprints.

Web site:

  • CST Blueprints:

  • CMA Blueprints:

  • CAPA Blueprints:

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CMA for ELAGrades 3-11 (including CMA for Writing in grade 7)

CMA for MathematicsGrades 3-7

CMA for AlgebraGrades 7-11 (will complete Algebra I during the school year)

CMA for GeometryGrades 8-11 (will complete Geometry during the school year)

CMA for ScienceGrades 5 and 8

CMA for Life ScienceGrade 10

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IEP Requirements

Purpose of special education

Purpose of Special Education

Students with disabilities receive:

“specially designed instruction…to ensure access of the child to the general curriculum, so that the child can meet the educational standards…that apply to all children.” (34 CFR §300.39(b)(3)(i)(ii))

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“Children with disabilities have the right to a program designed to help them meet the same high standards expected for all children. The written individualized education program (IEP) should spell out how the child’s special needs will be addressed so that they do not pose a barrier to reaching those standards.”

School reform and enforceable rights to quality education – Paul Weckstein, chapter in Heubert, ed., 1999, Law and School Reform.

Access a civil rights issue

Access – A Civil Rights Issue

“Excluding students with disabilities from an opportunity to derive educational benefit from education reform becomes a civil rights issue.”

(Hitchcock, Meyer, Rose, Jackson, 2002)

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Participation Criteria


  • Previous Participation

  • Multiple Measures

  • Response to Instruction

  • Grade-level Standards-based Goals

  • High school diploma

  • Parent involvement







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Closing the GAP through access


Many students in the GAP do not have access to grade-level content or grade-level, standards-based goals

Grade-level, Standards –based Goals,


Grade-level content

Opportunities to learn


Assistive technology


Supports and services




What’s missing

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The IEP Documents:

Supports and services provide access

Present levels of performance

Participation in STAR Assessments


Content areas the Student will be assessed with CMA

Grade-level, standards-based goals


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Things to consider…

Contact information

Contact Information

Meredith Cathcart, Consultant

Special Education Division

Assessment, Evaluation and Support Unit

Before we go

Before we go…


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