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 California Standard Tests (CSTs) are a major component of the STAR program. The CSTs are developed by California educators and test developers specifically for California. They measure students' progress toward achieving California's state-adopted academic content standards in English–language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and history–social science, which describe what students should know and be able to do in each grade and subject tested.
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Tests are important because they help:
The teacher evaluate your child's needs and progress.
The student gauge their own level of mastery
The parent monitor your child's progress.
- Relax. Just do the best you can.
- Your first choice is usually correct. Don't change an answer unless you have a good reason to do so.
- Be aware of key words such as "all," "now," "always," "never," "only," "exactly."
- In multiple choice questions the longest answer should be considered, since test writers want to be sure the correct answer is accurate.
- When two answers are opposites, one of them is often correct.
- Watch for negative words like "not," "no," "never."
- Look for information in some of the questions. This information may help you answer other questions.
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