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STAR Test Prep

The Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program is an important part of the state assessment system. STAR testing is Administered annually in the spring in grades two through eleven.

Tests in the STAR Program measure how well students in California public schools are learning the knowledge and skills identified in the California content standards.

 6th Grade:
    English-Language Arts

 7th Grade:
    Algebra I (End-of-course)
    English-Language Arts

 8th Grade:
    Algebra I (End-of-course)
    Algebra II (End-of-course)
    English-Language Arts
    Geometry (End-of-course)
    History-Social Science

Note: End-of-course subjects are those subjects that can be taken by students in multiple grade levels. Students only take these tests during the grade level in which they take the course. For example, a student in grade eight taking Algebra I would be tested in grade eight and would not take the Algebra I test again in grade nine. These tests are the same for all students regardless of grade level.

Purposes for Testing

Teachers, parents and education officials can use the results to identify strengths and weaknesses in order to improve student learning. Students and their parents can compare individual academic abilities against grade-level requirements and the results of other students in that grade.

The goal in California is to have all students perform at the proficient or advanced level.

Who Takes the STAR?

Everyone in the California Public School System in grades two through eleven participates in the STAR tests.
Test takers include students with disabilities and students whose first language is not English.

State law requires all Spanish-speaking English learners to also take the Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS).

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Although the California STAR Testing will be in the Spring, it never hurts to Start Preparing NOW!  This year, we at MacArthur Elementary, are hoping to continue our success in raising our API Score.  



Parents!  You can play a Huge part in helping your student prepare for STAR Testing.

Below is a link to the California Dept. of Education where they have released prior STAR Test Questions.  These questions can be used by your student to practice and prepare for the STAR Tests.  You can specify Grade, Subject and Level.  Answers are also provided at the end.  There are a great number of questions for each subject. 


TIP:  Try printing out one STAR Test Prep question for your child each day.

Click here to access sample released test questions.