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July 22, 2014
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April 2010
 
Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):
 
Established by Senate Bill 376 in 1997, the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program requires that all public school districts in California use a standardized test, designated by the State Board of Education (SBE), to test each student in grades 2 through 11.   The tests to be administered for the 2010 California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program are the California Standards Tests (CSTs), the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for students with special needs who meet the CAPA criteria, and the California Modified Assessment (CMA) for students with special needs who meet the CMA criteria.   Some students may also take the Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS).
 
The STAR tests will provide the following information about your student’s academic progress:
  • The CST scores will show how well students in grades two through eleven are achieving on content standards established for that particular subject, for all California students, by the California State Board of Education. 
  • -  Students whose special needs preclude them from participating in the CSTs will be administered the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), which is also part of the STAR program.
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  • -   Students in grades three through eleven with disabilities that prevent them from achieving grade-level standards on the CSTs, with or without accommodations or modifications, may be taking the California Modified Assessment (CMA). Participation is based on each student’s individualized education program (IEP). The CMA is based on California content standards for the subjects tested. CMA is not an option for all grades/all subjects; if your student is eligible for CMA you should discuss the options the Special Education staff at your student’s school site.
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  • - Students in grades two through eleven whose primary language is Spanish, who have been in school in the United States less than twelve cumulative months at the time of testing, will also take a series of standards-based tests in Spanish (STS). 
The Torrance Unified School District will administer the STAR Tests during the weeks of May 3, 2010 through June 1, 2010. The test will be administered at your student’s school site. You will receive additional information regarding the specific time and date that testing will take place at your student’s school. Students in the Independent Study program must return to their home school to test. Students in the Home School and Home/Hospital programs should, if possible, return to their home school for testing.  
 
In order for children to do their best, it is important that they are able to approach the testing situation with confidence. Students generally do their best on a test like the STAR when they are well rested and take the test seriously, but are not overly anxious. We hope that the STAR Program is helpful to your child in preparing for their future. If you have questions regarding STAR testing please contact the Principal’s officeat your student’s school site.
 
 
Sincerely,
George W. Mannon, Ed.D.
Superintendent
 
 
 

 

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