What is the STAR? STAR – Standardized Testing and Reporting Program which includes CST, CMA, & CAPAWho takes the CST? Every student in grades 2 through 11, across the stateWhat is the purpose of the CST? Measure performance (ex: student, grade level, school, district) Demonstrate individual growth within a school year Demonstrate mastery of grade level standards
• CMA is for students in grades 3, 4, & 5 who: --have an IEP plan; --scored Below Basic/Far Below Basic on a previous CST --are not eligible to take the CAPA• CAPA is for students with significant disabilities What are the CMA & CAPA?
What are the California Advanced State Standards? Defining the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should Proficient acquire in each content area at each grade level.How is student’s Basic performance on the test measured? Below Basic Scale score ranges of performance Different for each grade level, content area and test year Far Below Basic
Measures the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of measures. API shows how much a school is improving from year to year. A school’s API is a number that ranges from 200 to 1000 and is calculated from the results for each school’s students on state-wide tests. Academic Performance Index
Academic Performance Index Trend Analysis 6 Created by Dr. Marine Avagyan
What does the CST look like? Sample test questions released by CDEFourth Grade:Timothy has outgrown his bicycle and wants to sell it through the local newspaper.In which section should he look to find examples of what he needs to write in orderto sell his bike? a. Local News b. Classified Ads c. Entertainment d. Letters to the Editor
The word inspected contains the Latin root spect. Whatdoes spect mean? a.Use b.Look c.Take d.Need 9 Created by Dr. Marine Avagyan
Anna bought 3 bags of red gumballs and 5 bags of whitegumballs. Each bag of gumballs had 7 pieces in it. Whichexpression could Anna use to find the total number ofgumballs she bought? a.(7x5)+3= b.7x(5+3)= c.(7x3)+5= d.7+(5x3)= 10 Created by Dr. Marine Avagyan
What does the CST look like? Sample test questions released 5th Grade Science TestWhich of the following is a property of CO2 gas? a. It feels like a rock b. It smells like a lemon c. It is colorless d. It is hard
Which best describes a parallel circuit? a.Electricity flows along one pathway b.The flow of electricity comes from one source c.Electricity flows along more than one pathway d.The flow of electricity comes from more than one source 12 Created by Dr. Marine Avagyan
Group ActivityAt each table you will find directions for the activity with: Questions your group must answer Practice tests Work as a team to answer the questions and be prepared to share. 13
Discussion QuestionWhat skills are being tested?What skills does a student need to have to be successful on this test?What kind of practice does a student need to prepare for this?How successful were YOU in taking this test?How successful do you think your child would be if he/she were to take this test? 14
“You don’t start preparing for a test acouple of days before. You begin when you walk into the classroom thatvery first day… Everything you do in a course – attending class, listening carefully, taking good notes, doing homework and assigned readings – helps you study for tests.” Ron Fry 15
Preparing for TestingTeacher:•Focus on teaching the CA State Content Standards•Teach, assess, intervene, reteach•Communicate regularly with families regarding concerns•Notify students of the test dates in advance•Teach test-taking skills and strategies 16
Preparing for TestingParent:•Make sure your child ~attends school daily ~is on time daily ~is well rested•Note test dates on your calendar, schedule appointments on non-testing dates•Help your child learn how to find information independently•Encourage your child to ask questions at home and in class•Know your child’s teacher and conference with him/her on aregular basis for progress reports 17
Preparing for TestingStudent:•Get good night’s rest and eat a normal breakfast before testing•Use the bathroom before going to class•Follow directions and listen closely to any instructions•Always read the directions twice•Always double check your work•Relax•Budget your time•Don’t worry about how fast other people finish their test;concentrate on your own test•When you are finished, go back and check!!! 18
“Jail” the Detail!• Highlight, underline, Mr. Detail or circle the details in the questions. This helps you focus on exactly what the question is asking you to do.
“I think the answer is …”Be Slick and• Predict what the! answer is BEFORE you read the choices.
Plug it in, Plug it in!• Once you have chosen your answer, plug it in and make sure that it makes sense! (this works really well with vocabulary questions).
Keep On Keeping On!• If you get to a couple of questions that you just don’t know, don’t give up! Keep trying your best!
If you SNOOZE, You will LOSE!• Don’t leave a question unanswered. You will not have ANY chance of getting it right.
“UNPACK” the Question!Underline key wordsNumber the parts of the ?Plan how you will answerAnswer using specific detailsCheck off each part as you do itKeep up the great work
Be Smart With Charts, Recipes,Menus, Emails & Zap the Maps! • Charts, recipes, menus, emails, and maps provide information that you can use to answer questions! Analyze ALL information provided before answering the questions!
Extra! Extra! Read All About It!If the directions say read…. READ! Pay close attention to signal words in the directions, such as explain, interpret, and compare.
Be a Whiz…with the Grid!• Beware! If the answer is not bubbled in exactly right… YIKES! It will be wrong!
Check It Out!When you have completed the test, go back and check your work!
Quick Tips for Multiple Choice TestsRead the question before you look at the answerCome up with the answer before looking at possible answersRead the whole question. Don’t skip over words.Look at the pictures. They might have a clue.Eliminate answers you know aren’t rightRead all the choices before choosing your answerIf you are really stuck, make an educated guess and select an answerBe neat and fill in all bubbles completely 29
APRIL 22 – MAY 3, 2013Grades 2 & 3English Language Arts (3 sections)Math (3 sections) Tuesday, March 6, 2012Grade 4 & 6 Grade 4English Language Arts (2 sections) Writing Task (one section)Math (2 sections)Grade 5English Language Arts (2 sections)Math (2 sections)Science (2 sections) Testing at Glenoaks