2013-14 Student Testing Schedule

Student Assistance for California High School Exit Exam


District Assessments

What is assessment?
Assessment is a way to measure what students are learning. District assessments are listed below.

How do we assess students in Morgan Hill Unified?
Morgan Hill Unified uses a number of different kinds of assessments to measure student learning and improve curriculum and instruction. Our goal is to create a balanced system that provides a good understanding of how well the student, the school and the school district are achieving.

Running Records
Administered to all K-6 students to diagnose and assess reading skill levels.  The Running Record is administered three times a year to monitor student progress in reading.

District Reading and Language
The Houghton Mifflin Theme Skills Tests and Summative Tests are administered to students in grades K-5 to diagnose and assess the skills taught in the English language arts program.  All other grade levels use the assessments in the state adopted textbook reading series.

District Math
Math Assessment from Harcourt Brace for grades K-6; McDougal Little for grades 7-8; and course specific (Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus) assessments for grades 9-12.

Glossary of Testing Terms

ACE Assessments in Career Education
ACT American College Test
API Academic Performance Index
AYP Adequate Yearly Progress
AP Advanced Placement
AVID Advanced Via Individual Determination
CST California Standards Test
CAT/6 California Achievement Test, Sixth Edition
CAPA California Alternate Performance Assessment
CAHSEE California High School Exit Examination
Criterion-referenced Tests Compare a student's performance to set criteria, such as state standards, rather than to the performance of other students. Criterion-referenced tests administered include:
  *National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
  *California Standards Test (CST)
  California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)
  *California English Language Development Test (CELDT)
CELDT California English Language Development Test
CDE California Department of Education
CEEB College Entrance Exam Board
CHSPE California High School Proficiency Exam
GATE Gifted and Talented Education
GSE Golden State Exam
IB International Baccalaureate
NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress
Norm-referenced Tests Compare an individual student's performance to a nationally representative reference group of students at the same grade. Norm-referenced tests administered in SDCS include:
  * Achievement Test, Sixth Edition (CAT/6)
  Spanish Assessment of Basic Education, 2nd Edition (SABE/2)
PSAT Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test
SABE/2 Spanish Assessment of Basic Education, Second Edition
SAT II Scholastic Assessment Test - Subject tests
SAT9 Stanford Achievement Test, 9th Edition
Standards-based Tests Assess students' knowledge and skills in relation to the state content standards. Most standards based tests are criterion- referenced rather than norm referenced.
STAR Standardized Testing and Reporting program
STS Standards-based Tests in Spanish.

Parent Resources

1.      Blueprints for English Language Arts and Math

2.      Released Test Questions for English Language Arts, Math, Science, and History/Social Science

3.      California Writing Standards Test
        Grade 4:
        Grade 7:

4.      Helping Your Student To Achieve

5.      Glossary for English Language Arts Standards

6.      How To Read A Student STAR Report Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program

7.      California Reading List
        Search for a Reading List;jsessionid=EKJRPVCQUXQZS4SFZ5VSAZA
8.      Program Resources

9.      Specialized Programs
Adult Education, American Indian, Charter Schools, Child Development, Educational Options, English Learners, Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), Homeless Education, Migrant/International, Private Schools, Special Education, State Special Schools, Title I

Results for Various Assessments

State assessment information and results for the district and each school can be found at the following site:


Board Presentation 2009-10 STAR Results (Aug 24 2010)




Physical Fitness
SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Tests)
College Board

Advanced Placement Programs
DataQuest helps you find facts about California schools and districts.
To create a report: (1) select a Level, (2) select a Subject, and (3) click on the "Submit" button.

School Facts & Accountability Information, 2005-06

Public schools throughout California are required to provide information about themselves to the community in the form of an annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC). These report cards provide a variety of data to allow the public to evaluate and compare schools in seven major areas:
  • demographic information
  • school safety and climate for learning
  • academic data
  • class size
  • teacher and staff information
  • curriculum and instruction
  • fiscal and expenditure data
Each year, we share important facts about schools with parents guardians, and the community at large. Early in the fall, we produce Fact Sheets that summarize key facts from the previous school year (the most recent year for which we have complete data). Later in the year, we produce longer reports that provide details about our students, teachers, facilities, financial resources, and educational programs.


State Assessments

The California Standards Test (CST) is a multiple-choice test for all students in grades 2 through 11 and writing tests for student who take the grade 4 and 7 multiple-choice tests.  All items on these tests are developed by California educators and test developers and written specifically to assess students' achievement of California's Academic Standards.

The California Achievement Tests, Sixth Edition (CAT6) is a standardized, multiple-choice test that is required for all students in grades 3 and 7.  These tests compare each student's score to the scores of a national sample of students tested in the same grade at the same time of the school year.

This is an exam that all California Students are required to pass in order to graduate from High School. The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) is composed of two parts: English/Language Arts, and Mathematics.
The English/Language Arts portion of the exam is composed of multiple choice questions, as well as one essay. The Mathematics portion is only composed of multiple choice questions.
The examination assesses students' proficiency in the basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills taught in public high school and shows that students are proficient in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.

In order to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), California must show evidence that all students are included in our statewide assessment and accountability system. In response, the California Department of Education has developed an alternate assessment for children with disabilities who cannot take part in general statewide assessment programs. The California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) is an alternate to California's Standardized Testing and will meet the requirement for an alternate assessment.

The California English Language Development Test (CELDT) is the testing format adopted by the California Department of Education (CDE) to satisfy the public schools' responsibility to: (1) identify students who are English Learners (EL); (2) determine levels of English proficiency; and (3) assess progress toward acquiring English proficiency in listening, reading, speaking and writing. The test is aligned with state English language development standards adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE).

Physical Fitness
Students in grades 5, 7, and 9 are required to take a physical fitness exam, which measures their performance levels relative to state standards.