California Standards Test (CST)
CST testing is given once a year (end of April, beginning of May). This testing is based on California Content Standards that are expected to be covered throughout the course of the year. CST tests are given in the following subject areas: English, Math, Social Studies, and Science. Participation in CST testing is extremely important as student scores, proficiency percentages, and participation percentages all contribute to the school’s Adequate Yearly progress (AYP) required for No Child Left Behind as well as the Academic Performance Index (API).
California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)
All California public school students must satisfy the CAHSEE requirement, as well as all other state and local requirements, in order to receive a high school diploma. The CAHSEE requirement can be satisfied by passing the exam or, for students with disabilities, receiving a local waiver pursuant to Education Code Section 60851(c), or receiving an exemption pursuant to Education Code sections 60852.3 or 60852.4.
The CAHSEE has two parts: English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The ELA part addresses state content standards through grade ten. The mathematics part of the CAHSEE addresses state standards in grades six and seven and Algebra I.
The CAHSEE is offered once for 10th grade students (February), three times for 11th grade (see school calendar for dates), and three times for 12th grade (see school calendar for dates).
The SAT Reasoning Test™ is a three-hour-and-45-minute test that measures critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills that students have developed over time and that they need to be successful in college. The new SAT is better aligned with current curriculum and institutional practices in high school and college. By including a third measure of skills, writing, the SAT reinforces the importance of writing throughout a student's education and will help colleges make better admissions and placement decisions. The new SAT was administered for the first time in March 2005 for the class of 2006.
The SAT Subject Tests™ are a battery of one-hour, mostly multiple-choice tests that measure how much students know about a particular academic subject and how well they can apply that knowledge.
Additional information about SAT tests, test dates, and fees can be found on the CollegeBoard website www.collegeboard.com
The ACT is another possible college entrance exam. It assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The ACT is a multiple-choice test which covers four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay. For additional information, test dates, and fee information you can visit the website www.act.org
Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement tests are optional end of course tests for students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses. Test dates are determined by the CollegeBoard and the school must administer the tests on the designated dates. Testing usually occurs during a two week window at the beginning of May. AP tests are fee based tests. There are no refunds or make up opportunities for students who are absent on the test date or for students who decide not to take the test after the exams have been ordered. Fee waivers and fee reductions may be available for qualified students. For more information please see the counselor or the AP Coordinator, Sharon Ware.