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Comparing California Standards Test (CST) Results

When comparing results for the CSTs, you are limited to comparisons within the same subject and grade; that is, grade two English–language arts (ELA) in 2012 compared to grade two ELA in 2013 or grade six mathematics in 2012 compared to grade six mathematics in 2013. No direct comparisons should be made between grades or between content areas.

Two types of comparisons are possible: (1) comparing the mean scale score; or (2) comparing the percent of students scoring at each performance level. The viewer may compare results for the same grade and subject across years within a school, between schools, or between a school and its district, its county, or the state. When making comparisons, the viewer should consider comparing the percent of students scoring proficient and advanced. This is because the state target is for all students to score at or above proficient.

Comparing California Modified Assessment (CMA) Results

When comparing results for the CMA, you are limited to comparisons within the same subject and grade; that is, grade three ELA in 2012 compared to grade three ELA in 2013 or grade four mathematics in 2012 compared to grade four mathematics in 2013. No direct comparisons should be made between grades or between content areas.

Two types of comparisons are possible: (1) comparing the mean scale score; or (2) comparing the percent of students scoring at each performance level. The viewer may compare results for the same grade and subject across years within a school, between schools, or between a school and its district, its county, or the state. When making comparisons, the viewer should consider comparing the percent of students scoring proficient and advanced. This is because the state target is for all students to score at or above proficient.

Comparing California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) Results

When comparing results for the CAPA, you are limited to comparisons within the same subject and CAPA level; that is, Level II mathematics in 2012 compared to Level II mathematics in 2013 or Level IV ELA in 2012 compared to Level IV ELA in 2013. No direct comparisons should be made between test levels or between content areas.

Two types of comparisons are possible: (1) comparing the mean scale score; or (2) comparing the percent of students scoring at each performance level. The viewer may compare results for the same subject, grade, and CAPA level across years within a school, between schools, or between a school and its district, its county, or the state. When making comparisons, the viewer should consider comparing the percent of students scoring proficient and advanced. This is because the state target is for all students to score at or above proficient.

Comparisons may also be made for each CAPA level by calculating the overall percent of students within a school who scored proficient and advanced and comparing that percent to the overall percent of students in another school, the district, the county, or the state who scored proficient or advanced. To make a comparison of this kind, first calculate the number of students who scored proficient and advanced for the subject area at each grade and CAPA level ([%PRO + %ADV] x number tested for the grade and CAPA level and subject area = number scored PRO/ADV). Then add the number who scored PRO/ADV for all grades within that CAPA level and divide the sum by the total enrollment.

Comparing Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) Results

When comparing results for the STS, you are limited to comparisons within the same subject and grade; that is, grade two reading/language arts (RLA) in 2012 compared to grade two RLA in 2013 or grade four mathematics in 2012 compared to grade four mathematics in 2013. No direct comparisons should be made between grades or between content areas.

In 2013, scale scores and performance levels are available for the STS for grades two through eleven. Two types of comparisons are possible: (1) comparing the mean scale score; or (2) comparing the percent of students scoring at each performance level. The viewer may compare results for the same grade and subject within a school, between schools, or between a school and its district, its county, or the state. When making comparisons, the viewer should consider comparing the percent of students scoring proficient and advanced. This is because the state target is for all students to score at or above proficient.

Because scale scores and performance levels are being reported for the first time in 2013 for the STS for Algebra I (grades seven through eleven) and the STS for RLA and Geometry (grades eight through eleven), comparisons may not be made to results for previous years for those tests.