Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)
The Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR) has 6 different annual assessments. These assessments are as follows:
Standardized Tests in Spanish (STS) in grades 2-11 for student's who are non-English speakers and have been in CA schools less than 12 months (students must also take CSTs and Writing)
Each student in grades 2-11 will take the following exams:
Grades K, 1 and 12 are do not take the STAR exams.
* Any students with moderate disabilities may be tested using the CA Modified Assessment (CMA) and students with significant cognitive disabilities may be tested using the CA Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA). Refer to your students Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for details.
* Non-English speakers will be given other standardized testing in addition to the STAR test. All parents and students will be notified of this testing via U.S. Mail.
I need my student's testing site information.
Each student is assigned to one specific testing location. All testing locations will be available on our Student Information System which your ES/teacher can access. Please ask your ES/teacher to look up your student's assigned testing location. Students cannot go to any other testing location unless a Request to Change Site form is filled out (see below) and approved. If a student shows up to a different testing site, they may not be able to participate. (Click here for Test Site Locations).
I want to request a change to my student's test site.
I would like to help prepare my student for the STAR.
There are numerous ways to prepare your student for the upcoming STAR test. After reading "What subjects does the STAR test cover" written above, you can view the California State Standards by Grade Level and Subject. If you have a K-8th grade student we suggest you begin by reading our Key Skills for your student's grade level. RSCS provides your ES/teacher with STAR test prep materials that will be given to you at a learning record meeting/academy in the beginning of the spring semester. If your student has never been in a timed testing situation, we suggest that you practice this at home so that they feel more comfortable on the test days. You may also visit the California Department of Education website and view previously used/released test questions. You can also view their Guidelines on Academic Preparation for State Assessments (PDF).
Test Preparation workbooks are also avialable through the Varsity Books site. Book charges will be taken from your student's flex fund account at the time of purchase. Academy students should contact their Site Director to get additional support materials.
How long will it take for me to receive my student's test results?
The STAR test scores are typically sent to us mid-August. Although we send them as quickly as we can, we then have 30 days to get them in the mail to the student's home. Please check with your ES/teacher and make sure that the address in our database is correct.
I need my student's results/scores.
What does my student need to bring to testing?
We ask that all students bring their own water or bottled beverage and snacks. Depending upon the length of the test day, you may want to send a sack lunch as well. We will provide all materials for test taking.