To learn more about the district's past performance on the STAR tests, see a short video
Each spring, California students in grades two through eleven have taken a STAR test to show how they are performing. The Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests included the California Standards Tests which were tests that assessed the California content standards in English language arts, mathematics, science, and history-social science.
On October 2, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 484 which suspended the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessments for the current school year to allow more students to participate in field testing of new computer-based assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards which are slated for administration statewide in the 2014-15 school year.
California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress In place of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program new law establishes the California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (CalMAPP) assessment system that takes effect on January 1, 2014.
Smarter Balanced Assessments
The CalMAPP assessment system will include new computer-based assessments known as Smarter Balanced Assessments. Smarter Balanced Assessments will be aligned to the Common Core State Standard. These computer-based assessments allow for a much broader range of test questions than the multiple-choice exams given under STAR. As a result, the new assessments are expected to emphasize critical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving, modeling the kind of teaching and learning needed to prepare all students for the demands of college and the modern workplace.
Part of the assessment system, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter), also will be computer adaptive, so that a student's prior responses affect the difficulty of subsequent questions, allowing a far more precise measurement of student skills and knowledge than the former tests.
Spring 2014 Testing
The districts will participate in field testing the Smarter Balanced Assessments for English–language arts (ELA) and/or mathematics in grades three through eight and grade eleven. In MVUSD all students in grades 3 - 8 will be field tested in one subject only – either ELA or mathematics. No testing results will be generated from the field testing of the Smarter Balanced Assessments.
Grades 5, 8, and 10 will still take science assessments (CST,CMA) a Federal requirement
Special Education student will still be giving the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for ELA and mathematics in grades two through eleven if noted in the IEP
The Early Assessment Program (EAP) in ELA and mathematics will be given in grade 11
Other state assessments that will continue and not affected by this legislation include the California High School Exit Exam and the Fitnessgram
API Report 1999-2013