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  1. Welcome to:Second Grade STAR/CST Parent Night Mrs. Blum Ms. Moret Mrs. Ramos

  2. What is STAR Program and the CSTs? • California Standards Tests (CST) are the tests given to students grades 2 through 11 as part of the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR). • For California public schools only • Tests how well students are achieving grade level skills and standards

  3. Who takes the CST? • All students attending a public school in California • Grades 2-11 • Students with IEPs will have accommodations

  4. When do they take the CST? • May 2 - May 18, 2011 • Between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. • There will be make-ups for tests

  5. What content is tested? • Grade Level Standards,www.cde.ca.gov • Language Arts- Word analysis, Fluency, and Vocabulary Development (34%), Reading Comprehension (23%), Writing (12%), Written and Oral Conventions (22%), Listening & Speaking • Mathematics- Number Sense (58%), Algebra and Functions (9%), Measurement and Geometry (22%), Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability (11%)

  6. What type of questions are on test? • Multiple choice • CST Released Test questions can be found on the California Department of Education (CDE) Web Page, www.cde.ca.gov(just type “CST Released Test questions in the Search menu) • More CST Practice found at, http://starsamplequestions.org/

  7. When will I receive my child’s STAR Student Report? • Parents or guardians will receive it no later than the end of September 2010 • Advanced (about 1 year or more above grade level) • Proficient (at grade level) • Basic (about 1 year below grade level) • Below Basic (about 2 years below grade level) • Far Below Basic (about 3 years or more below grade level)

  8. What is the CRL number? • The CRL number is an index based on each student’s score on the CST for English–Language Arts. • May be used to access a list of books that are at a student’s reading level. The list is available on the California Department of Education (CDE) California Reading List Web Page

  9. How do teachers use CST scores? • Identify your child’s academic strengths and needs • Help teachers when meeting with parents and guardians • Help match what your child learns in school with what the state wants them to learn • Provides a more complete picture of your child’s academic progress

  10. How CST scores are used • Communicating with Parents and Guardians • Monitoring Student Achievement • Evaluating School Programs: Academic Performance Index (API scores) • Providing Data to Accountability Programs (GATE)

  11. What you can you do to help your child? • Be an active participant in your child’s education • Attend district sponsored workshops • Talk to your child about the test • Remind your child to listen and follow directions • Give your child practice in following directions • Read a loud with your child

  12. Continued… • Help your child with his/her regular school assignments • Keep in contact with your child’s teacher • Learn to use computers to access information • Make sure your child is physically ready to take the test http://www.schoolfamily.com

  13. How can your child do well? • Do their schoolwork & homework • Be ready for the test • Follow & read test directions • Look carefully at each page before you start • On math tests, look at the labels on graphs and charts

  14. Continued… • Fill in the answer circles the right way • Use your time wisely • Use context clues to help you figure out hard questions • Sometimes it’s good to guess • Check you work • Stay calm! • Test taking tips (on Kennedy website)

  15. Getting ready for the Big Day • Provide a good breakfast on the test days • Make sure he/she gets a good night’s sleep • Give them a snack to bring to school • Assure your child that he/she is not expected to know all the answers on the test • Keep the mood light and give encouragement

  16. How do I find out more? • Talk to your child’s teacher • Kennedyelementary.weebly.com (Student link) • ABCUSD Website • CDE Program Resources Web Page: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/resources.asp. • Content Standards Web Page: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/. • http://starsamplequestions.org/

  17. Please remember, what you you do at home with your child effects their test scores. Thank you for caring! Questions?