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Most students take the tests used in the STAR Program based on the grade in which they are enrolled. The exceptions are the California Standards Tests for grades 8-11 and the California Science Standards Tests for grades 9-11 that are tied to specific courses students are completing or have completed. Some students may have taken tests for grades lower than the grades in which they were enrolled. These include:

  • Students with disabilities
  • English learners who had been enrolled in their school district less than 12 months.

The following text and tables describe the subject areas that are tested at each level. Results for all grades and subjects are available for the state and all counties, districts, and schools. Unless a school did not administer one or more of the required tests, viewers should expect to see results for all of the required California Standards Tests and Stanford 9 for every grade served within a school or district. SABE/2 results should be available for all districts but may not be available for all schools based on student populations.

California Standards Tests
California Standards Test scores are reported for the following:

  • English-Language Arts for Grades 2 - 11
    • All students in grades 2 - 11 were required to take English-language arts standards tests.
    • As part of the English-language arts standards tests at grades 4 and 7, students wrote essays in response to an assigned topic. Students' essay scores were included in their overall English-language arts standards scores at these grades.

  • Mathematics for Grades 2 - 11
    • All students in grades 2 - 9 were required to take mathematics standards tests.
    • Except for the California General Mathematics Standards Test and the California High School Mathematics Standards Test, the California Mathematics Standards Tests for grades 8 - 11 were specific to courses that students in these grades had completed or were completing during the 2001-2002 school year.
    • The California General Mathematics Standards Test was administered to all students in grades 8 and 9 who were not enrolled in discipline specific, standards-based mathematics classes. Students who took this test were not in mathematics courses designated for their grade and generally were not yet ready to take algebra I or were in the first year of a two-year algebra I course. This test assessed the mathematics academic content standards for grades 6 and 7.
    • The High School Mathematics Standards Test was administered to students in grades 9-11 who had completed Algebra II or 3rd Year Integrated Mathematics any time before the spring 2002 test administration. This included students taking advanced mathematics courses such as calculus.

  • Science for Grades 9 - 11
    • All students enrolled in standards-based science courses in grades 9 - 11 were required to take the California Science Standards Tests specific to courses the students had completed or were completing during the 2001-2002 school year.

  • History-Social Science for Grades 9 - 11
    • All students in grades 9 - 11 were required to take California History Standards Tests.
California Standards Tests
Subject Grade
  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
English Language Arts x x x x x x x x x x
Mathematics* x x x x x x x x x x
Science**               x x x
History-Social Science               x x x
Writing     x     x        

* Mathematics Tests for Grades 8 - 11 include General Math, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, 1st Year Integrated Math, 2nd Year Integrated Math, and 3rd Year Integrated Math. There is also a High School Mathematics Test that is taken after the completion of Algebra II, 3rd Year Integrated Math or a higher math course.

** Science tests include Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and four Integrated science tests: Earth Science/Biology/Chemistry (EBC), Earth Science/Chemistry/Physics (ECP), Earth Science/Biology/Physics (EBP), and Biology/Chemistry/Physics (B/C/P).

Stanford 9
Stanford 9 scores are reported for all subjects tested at each grade level. These include reading, mathematics, and language for grades 2 - 11, plus spelling for grades 2 - 8, and science and social science for grades 9 - 11.

Stanford Achievement Test, Ninth Edition, Form T (Stanford 9)
Subject Grade
  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Total Reading x x x x x x x x x x
Total Math x x x x x x x x x x
Language x x x x x x x x x x
Spelling x x x x x x x      
Science               x x x
Social Science               x x x

SABE/2
For grades 2 through 8 SABE/2 scores are reported for reading, language, mathematics, and spelling. For grades 9 - 11 scores are reported for reading, language, and mathematics.

Spanish Assessment of Basic Education, Second Edition (SABE/2)
Subject Grade
  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Spanish Reading x x x x x x x x x x
Mathematics x x x x x x x x x x
Spanish Language x x x x x x x x x x
Spelling x x x x x x x