California Standards Tests (CSTs) - The California Standards Tests (CSTs) measure the achievement of California content standards in science for grades 5, 8 and 10 for the 2015 - 2016 school year.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.
California Modified Assessment (CMA) - This assessment is for a small number of students with disabilities in grades 3 through 11 who meet CMA eligibility criteria approved by the State Board of Education. The CMA allows these students greater access to an assessment that measures their knowledge of the standards tested. Students with disabilities cannot take the CMA if they are eligible to take the CAPA. The use of Smarter Balanced Assessments for English-language arts and mathematics with the appropriate universal tools, designated supports, and/or accommodations replaces the CMA tests for those subjects. The CMA for Science will happen for the 2015 - 2016 school year.