California Standardized Tests (CSTs)
What are CSTs?
In 1998, the State of California adopted grade-level content standards — lists of knowledge and skills a student at each grade level should possess — in math and language arts. In subsequent years, the state also adopted standards in science and history-social science.
Students in grades 2 - 11 will take tests to evaluate their mastery of the Language Arts Standards and Mathematics Standards at their own grade level. Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will additionally take Science Standards tests.
After adoption of the Common Core Standards, our schools have adopted a new assessment, the CAASPP, conducted online, that more fully tests student comprehension, and automatically adjusts to students as they take the exam. This assessement began in 2014, and was rolled out to upper grade students in 2015. To view our 2015 test results, visit CAASPP results for Fairmont.
How are scores on these tests used?
Information about your child's academic strengths and weaknesses in the basic subjects areas is helpful to the teacher and to you in assisting your child to make progress in school. Information about how an entire class, school, or school district scores in certain subjects is valuable to teachers and administrators in planning and assessing curriculum and instruction.
You should remember, however, that a test score is just one bit of information about your child's progress in school. There are many ways to assess a child's progress, the most important being his or her day-to-day achievement and behavior in the classroom. Your child's teacher is the best source of information about your child's assessment.
Test Taking Tips
- Go to bed early
- Eat a nutritious breakfast
- Be on time for school: late students may have to wait and be tested at another time.