Testing and Accountability
A new accountability system, SMARTER Balance, is being developed and approved as the assessment program for all children who attend school in California. 2015-16 is the intended date for
implementation. The current system will continue to be utilized until SMARTER Balance replaces it.
State Testing and Reporting - STAR
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.
For more information about STAR, contact the district office or your child's school.
California High School Exit Exam - CAHSEE
In California, all high school students must pass a test to earn a high school diploma. The test is called the CAHSEE. Some students with disabilities do not have to pass this test.
California created the test to improve student achievement in high schools. The test helps to ensure that students graduate from high school with grade level skills in reading, writing,
Students first take this test in grade ten. If they do not pass the test in grade ten, they have more chances to take the test. In grade eleven, they can take the test two times. In grade
twelve, they have up to five times to take the test.
For more information about the CAHSEE, contact your local school district.
Physical Fitness Testing - PFT - Grades 5, 7, & 9
The State Board of Education (SBE) designated the FITNESSGRAM® as the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) for students in California public schools. The FITNESSGRAM® is a comprehensive,
health-related physical fitness battery developed by The Cooper Institute. The primary goal of the FITNESSGRAM® is to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular
Public school students in grades five, seven, and nine are required to take the PFT, whether or not they are enrolled in a physical education class or participate in a block schedule.
For more information, contact our office or go to: CA Physical Fitness Testing Program Overview.
California English Language Development Test - CELDT
Federal law (Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act [ESEA]) and state law (Education Code [EC]sections 313 and 60810 through 60812) require a statewide English language
proficiency test that local educational agencies (LEAs) must administer to students in kindergarten through grade twelve whose primary language is not English and to students previously
identified as English learners (ELs) who have not been reclassified as fluent English proficient (RFEP). California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 10510, defines the test as the
California English Language Development Test (CELDT).
The CELDT was developed to:
- Identify students with limited English proficiency.
- Determine the level of English language proficiency of those students.
- Assess the progress of limited English-proficient students in acquiring the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English.
The testing schedule for the district is below.