The State of California has defined what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Science, and Science. Pittsburg Unified School District has adopted these State Content Standards. STAR 2011 Reporting Guide/Check Test Scores
PUSD 2011-2012 High Stakes Testing Dates:
| Dates||Exam||Who is tested?|
|7/26/11||CAHSEE ELA||Adult Education Students|
|7/27/11||CAHSEE Math||Adult Education Students|
|8/1/11-10/31/11||CELDT||English Learners Grades K-12|
|10/4/11||CAHSEE ELA||Grades 12/Adult Education Students|
|10/5/11||CAHSEE Math||Grades 12/Adult Education Students|
|11/1/11||CAHSEE ELA||Grades 11/Adult Education Students|
|11/2/11||CAHSEE Math ||Grades 11/Adult Education Students|
|2/7/12||CAHSEE ELA||Grade 12/Adult Education Students|
|2/8/12||CAHSEE Math||Grade 12/Adult Education Students|
|3/6/12(makeup 3/7/12)||CST Writing||Grades 4 & 7|
|3/13/12||CAHSEE ELA||Grades 10/Adult Education Students|
|3/14/12||CAHSEE Math||Grades 10/Adult Education Students|
|3/1/12-3/31/12||EAP Essay||Grade 11|
|April-2012||Physical Fitness Test||Grades 5/7/9|
|5/8/12||CAHSEE ELA||Grades 11/12/Adult Education Students|
|5/9/12||CAHSEE Math||Grades 11/12/Adult Education Student|
|5/8/12-5/17/12||Advanced Placement (AP)||Grades 9-12|
*Adult Ed Center is not a drop-in CAHSEE test center. Students must be enrolled at Adult Ed to take the CAHSEE.
2011-2012 PUSD Elementary local exams
2011-2012 PUSD Junior High/High School local exams
2011-2012 Dual Immersion testing schedule
Intel-Assess item bank
PUSD Writing Scoring Rubrics:
Kindergarten Writing Rubric
Grade 1 Narrative Grade 1 Descriptive Paragraph
Grade 2 Narrative Grade 2 Friendly Letter
Grade 3 Narrative Grade 3 Friendly/Formal Letter Grade 3 Descriptive Paragraph
Grade 4 Narrative Grade 4 Informational Report Grade 4 Response to Literature Grade 4 Summary
Grade 5 Narrative Grade 5 Research Report Grade 5 Response to Literature Grade 5 Persuasive
Glossary of Terms:
API Academic Performance Index
AYP Adequate Yearly Progress
AP Advanced Placement
AVID Advanced Via Individual Determination
CMA California Modified Assessment
CST California Standards Test
CAPA California Alternate Performance Assessment
CAHSEE California High School Exit Examination
CELDT California English Language Development Test
CDE California Department of Education
CHSPE California High School Proficiency Exam
NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress
PFT Physical Fintess Test
PSAT Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test
STAR Standardized Testing and Reporting program
STS Standards-based Tests in Spanish
CST Release Questions" How To"
CDE Resources for teachers
4th, 7th and 11th Grade State Writing Assessment:
There are three things you can do to insure the highest possible scores.
1) Concentrate on writing. Teachers and students should work from the sample prompts in the official CDE guide. If your school doesn't have this guide, click the link under ‘Additional Resources' at the end this page.
2) Over the next week, teachers should be teaching students that they SHOULD take the time to write an outline first. Students should be taught to go back and forth between the outline and essay while they are writing their essay.
3) Teachers should teach students what is needed to successfully complete this test:
** Fourth graders should stick to the rule of 3's ...... 3 paragraphs + 3 specifics each.
** Seventh graders should stick to the rule of 3's with the addition of an entry paragraph and a summary paragraph ......In total they should have an entry paragraph + 3 paragraphs with 3 specifics each + a summary paragraph.
** Student's experiencing difficulty with writing in each grade, should be instructed to just stick to the topic and write. They can get 2 of the possible 8 points just for writing to the topic. This it can help your school's API.
Prompts and rubrics are available on the following website. STAR resources from California Department of Education http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/resources.asp
CAHSEE Study Guides for students
CAHSEE Services Classoom posting