Research Files

Downloading STAR Research Files

These research files contain results from the 2004 administration of the California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program and is provided in order to allow for more complex analyses and customized reporting of the data.

All research files contain the same information presented in the Test section of this site.

In order to protect student confidentiality, no scores are reported (or included in the research files) for any group of ten or fewer students.

Use of these research files requires some expertise in data handling. Descriptions of the file formats, instructions for accessing the data, and key points to properly manage the data are contained at the following link:

Research File Download Instructions, Formats, File Layouts, and Usage

For PC users, the research files are available as self-extracting archive formats (.zip) in at least one of the following three file formats:

  • Comma delimited – (CSV) the separation between data fields is indicated by a comma
  • Fixed width – Data fields are aligned in columns with spaces between fields when necessary to preserve column alignment
  • MS Access 2000.mdb – Microsoft Access 2000 database

All research files listed below contain the data for entities comprising the level of that file. The “statewide” files include the data for the state, and all counties, districts, and schools. The “countywide” files include the data for the selected county and all districts and schools associated with that county.

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Statewide files (includes data for all state, counties, districts, and schools)
2004 California Statewide research file, All Students, fixed-width (5,298 KB)
2004 California Statewide research file, All Students, comma delimited (5,301 KB)
2004 California Statewide research file, All Sub-Groups, fixed-width (100,789 KB)
2004 California Statewide research file, All Sub-Groups, comma delimited (100,741 KB)
County/District-wide files
Entity files
2004 Entities List, fixed-width (168 KB)
2004 Entities List, comma delimited (153 KB)
Access Database (.mdb) file
2004 Access Database - Main Component
Lookup tables
Test ID / Test Name table, comma delimited, Tests.txt (1 KB)
Subgroup ID / Name table, comma delimited, Subgroups.txt (1 KB)

(Posting Date: January 24, 2005)


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