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Contact Information:
Phone: 916.408.5295 Fax: 916.408.5223
Email: assessment@hcs.k12.ca.us

Testing Information
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The Assessment Department is responsible for implementing California’s mandated test programs like the STAR, CAHSEE, and CELDT tests. California’s test programs are used as an accountability system to monitor the academic progress of all the state’s public schools, including charter schools. This accountability system is largely based on the Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.


Testing Programs
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Smarter Balanced information will be coming soon

The STAR test is given annually in the spring in grades two through eleven. The STAR test measures how well students in California public schools are learning the knowledge and skills identified in the California content standards.

California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)

All public school students are required to pass this exam to earn a high school diploma.
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California English Language Development Test (CELDT)

The CELDT test is given to students whose primary language is other than English.
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Physical Fitness Testing (PFT)

The PFT is given annually in the spring to students in grades 5, 7, and 9. It is designed to evaluate health-related fitness and to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity.