California Standards Test, a component of the STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting Program), is given to ascertain student progress toward mastering the California State Content Standards in the academic areas of Language Arts and Mathematics. Students in grades 2-11 participate in this assessment while eighth grade students take the California History/Social Science Standards test as well. The STAR assessments are intended to be a comprehensive battery of tests to include all students and give them the opportunity to show standards-based achievement. These tests aid in accountability that all students receive a standards based education.
California Modified Assessment (CMA), is a grade level assessment indicating progress toward goals. Its purpose allows students with an Individualized Education Program to demonstrate measured growth in relation to grade level content standards. CMA
California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) is a grade level assessment for students that have cognitive disadvantages making the CST or CMA and inappropriate indicator of achievement.
California English Language Development Test (CELDT) is a requirement for English language proficiency. Students whose primary language learned is not English participate in this test.
Physical Fitness Test is assessed in grades 5, 7 and 9 each school year in accordance with State mandates.
Academic Performance Index (API)
"California’s accountability system measures the performance and progress of a school or an LEA based on results of statewide tests at grades two through twelve. A school's API is a composite number representing the results of these tests."
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
"Each year, schools and LEAs (districts) must meet four sets of requirements to make AYP. The requirements reflect statewide performance levels and are the same for all schools and LEAs of the same type. The requirements include: (1) student participation rate on statewide tests; (2) percentage of students scoring at the proficient level or above in English-language arts and mathematics on statewide tests; (3) Growth API; and (4) graduation rate (if grade twelve students are enrolled). Numerically significant subgroups at a school or an LEA also must meet participation rate and percent proficient requirements."