Parent Academy Topic: Understanding the State and District Testing Programs. Understanding the State and District Testing Programs. Objectives To provide parents/guardians with an understanding of the implications of Standardized Testing and Reporting
To provide parents/guardians with an understanding of the implications of Standardized Testing and Reporting
To provide parents/guardians with insight on the importance of the California Standardized Tests, what happens to the results, and the implications these results have on their children’s academic development.
To provide parents/guardians with the understanding of the importance of the district’s periodic assessments (Palmdale Assessments of State Standards – PASS)
To provide resources that will assist parents/guardians to provide support for their children at home and help them do the best on test week!
Who participates in the STAR Program?
Students may have these testing variations if regularly used in the classroom.
These are listed in Matrix 1. Matrix of Test Variations, Accommodations, and
Modifications for Administration of California Statewide Assessments, which is
available on the CDE Student Testing Web page at
These are the tests that will be administered during the STAR administration:
Do you know which test(s) your child taking in the Spring?
State target for all students
What are Periodic Assessments? Program?
STAR Program test results and local assessment results are used for the following purposes:
1. Communicating with Parents and Guardians
2. Monitoring Student Achievement
3. Evaluating School Programs
4. Providing Data to Accountability Programs
Test. Listed below are a ‘few’ things that you can do at home to
prepare your child to “Ace the Test!”
Questions for all of the CSTs, except the writing tasks in grades four and seven, are in a multiple-choice format. Students are presented with a question and asked to select the correct answer from four possible choices. Released test questions from the CSTs are posted for public viewing on the CDE Program Resources Web page at http://starsamplequestions.org/.
For the CST for English–Language Arts, students in grades four and seven respond to multiple-choice questions and a writing task (prompt). The score on the writing task is combined with results of the multiple-choice questions to produce an overall score and the performance level for the CST for English–Language Arts.
The following tips will provide suggestions for parents on how to approach test taking with their kids.
Focus on the test question and don’t let your mind wonder on other things
Eat a nutritious breakfast especially the day of the test
Don’t be concern about other students finishing the test before you do
Make sure you ask questions for clarification before the test
Avoid last minute studying
Reward yourself after the test
Don’t be too anxious about the results of your test
Do your very best
Good luck with the STAR tests!