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2011 STAR: Performance Level Cut Points (Scale Score Ranges)

California Standards Tests (CSTs)

Example: If Maria earned a 396 scale score on the Grade 10 English-Language CST, she would be considered Advanced (since the Advanced scale score range for that test is 392-600). If she had earned the same scale score (396) the year before (Grade 9) on this test, she would have been considered Proficient (since the Advanced scale score range for that test is 397-600).

California Modified Assessments (CMAs)

California Alternate Performance Assessments (CAPAs)

Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STSs)

Abbreviations and Terms

CAPA - California Alternate Performance Assessment (alternative to CST for students with severe cognitive disabilities; much easier than CST)
CDE - California Department of Education
CMA - California Modified Assessment (alternative to CST for qualifying Special Education students; much harder than CAPA but easier than CST)
CST - California Standards Test (for all students who do not qualify for the CAPA or CMA)
EOC - End-of-Course (secondary STAR tests based on History-Social Science, Math, and Science course rather than grade level standards)
STAR - Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR Program includes CAPA, CMA, CST, and STS and orchestrates EAP testing)
STS - Standards-based Test in Spanish (required for Spanish-speaking English Learners receiving instruction in Spanish or in U.S. < 1 year)