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CURRENTLY ALL TESTING IS BEING REVISED.  PLEASE CONTACT JANET PEREZ, DIRECTOR OF CATEGORICAL PROGRAMS, AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION
(934-6600, Extension #6)

Please scroll down to see descriptions of various testing programs.

    

Testing dates to be announced:

  • California Modified Assessment (CMA) - grades 2-11
  • PFT (Physical Fitness Test) - grades 5, 7 & 9 (Feb, Mar, April, or May)
  • CST (California Standards Test) - grades 2-11
  • STS (Standards-based Tests in Spanish) -  grades 2-11
STAR Testing
Nationally-normed STAR tests (Standardized Testing and Reporting) are administered .

All students in grades 2-11 are tested in:
  • reading
  • language skills
  • mathematics
In addition, all students in grades 2-11 are tested in:
  • science
Also, grades 2-8 are tested in:
  • spelling.
These tests are used for various purposes:
  • to compare the achievement of the District's students with other students from across the nation
  • to assist in assessing individual students strengths and weaknesses
  • to assist in instructional planning
  • as part of an evaluation of classroom, site and District program effectiveness
STS (Standards-based Tests in Spanish)

TheSTS (Standards-based Test in Spanish) are part of the California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The purpose of the STS is to determine how well a student is achieving academically when tested in his or her home language of Spanish.

The following subjects are tested by the STS in grades 2 - 11:

  • Reading-Language Arts
  • Mathematics

CMA (California Modified Assessment)

The California Modified Assessment (CMA) is part of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. This test is a modified assessment for students with disabilities who have an individualized education program (IEP) and meet the eligibility criteria approved by the State Board of Education. The IEP must specifically state that the student is to take one or more components of the CMA.

All students must take the California Standards Tests (CSTs), the California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA), or the CMA unless their parents or guardians have submitted written requests to their schools to exempt them from STAR Program testing (Education Code Section 60615). It is very important that all students take part in the STAR Program. Each school district and school must have at least 95 percent of its students participate in statewide tests in order to meet federal accountability requirements.

California Standards Tests (CST)
Attainment of California content standards is tested annually with the California Standards Tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

In addition, students in grades 8, 10, and 11  take the California History/Social Science Standards Tests.

High school students who are enrolled in college preparatory science courses take the appropriate California Science Standards Test.
CELDT
State law requires the development of a state test that school districts must give to students whose home language is not English. This test is called the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). The purpose of this test is:
  • to identify new students who are English Learners, in kindergarten through grade 12.
  • to monitor their progress in learning English.
  • to help decide when they are proficient in English.

Versiones españolas de varios documentos CELDT

Physical Fitness
Physical Fitness is assessed in grades 5, 7 and 9 each school year in accordance with State mandates.

The physical fitness test designated fdor California public students is the FITNESSGRAM, developed by The Cooper Institute. The test assesses six major fitness areas, including:
  • aerobic capacity (cardiovascular endurance)
  • body composition (percentage of body fat)
  • abdominal strength and endurance
  • trunk strength and flexibility
  • upper body strength and endurance
  • overall flexibility
A number of test options are provided so that most students can participate.

Click here to view the Physical Fitness Test results.  Enter Willows Unified in the search field and click submit.
CAHSEE
High school seniors are required pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) to receive a high school diploma. State law authorized this new graduation requirement in 1999 (Senate Bill 2, Statutes of 1999) and it took effect with the  class of 2006. The purpose of the CAHSEE is to help improve student achievement in high school and make sure that graduates meet identified state content standards in reading, writing, and mathematics.

 California High School Exit Examination 
API
The Academic Performance Index (API) measures performance and progress of a school. It is a numeric index or scale that ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1000. The state has set 800 as the API score that schools should strive to meet. Schools that fall short of the target will be required to meet annual growth targets until their goal is achieved. Schools that already meet or exceed the 800 API should continue working to improve the academic performance of all students. Results of the norm-referenced test and California Standards Tests, given in the spring as part of the state's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, are used to calculate a school's API.

Click to view the API of each school:

Willows Unified District Report

Select a Different School or school year

AYP
AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) is a statewide accountability system mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 which requires each state to ensure that all schools and districts make Adequate Yearly Progress.

Click to view the AYP of each school:

Willows Unified District Report

To change schools or school years
Further Information
For further information, please visit the CDE Parent's Reference Page
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