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What to Do on a Test Day

Please make sure your child comes to school on time, well rested, and having eaten a good breakfast.

Make-up test days are available for students who are absent the day of a California State Test.

Kudos for Palms

Based on California Standards Tests in English and Math, LAUSD repeatedly gave the Palms Gifted/High Ability Magnet its top designation: Model of Excellence.

Each year since 2011-2012, LAUSD has recognized the Palms Middle School Magnet as an Excelling Magnet or an Achieving Magnet (the top 2 categories) based on the School Performance Framework (SPF).

When Common Core Testing Began

Common Core tests in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 were practice tests, used to assess the testing program and overall performance, but not used to rank schools.

Students and schools did not receive test scores for the 2014-2015 tests.

Tests in Spring 2016 counted for the first time.

California State Testing

California flagThe State of California uses many tests to assess the progress of students. Common Core state tests have been used since the 2013-2014 school year.

The Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests used in previous years to determine student performance and school API scores were replaced with California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests. Primary among the CAASPP tests is the the California Smarter Balanced Field Test.

Three types of assessments are made during the Smarter Balanced testing week:

  1. Computer Adaptive Test (CAT)
  2. Performance Task (PT)
  3. California Science Test (CAST)


Spring 2023 testing:

May 3 to May 18, 2023

Spring 2022 testing:

⬇ Download Spring 2022 testing schedule

Spring 2022 Testing Schedule (with participation percentages)
Date 6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade Minimum Day
Mon May 16 ELA CAT Assessment
ELA CAT Assessment

ELA CAT Assessment

Tue May 17 Math CAT Assessment

Math CAT Assessment

Math CAT Assessment
Wed May 18 ELA PT Assessment
ELA PT Assessment
ELA PT Assessment
Thu May 19 Math PT Assessment
Math PT Assessment
Math PT Assessment
Fri May 20     CAST
Mon May 23 Make-Up Test Make-Up Test

Make-Up Test



"ELA" is English Language Arts.


Test Times
Subject CAT Assessment PT Assessment CAST
ELA 2 hours 1 minute 2 hours 15 minutes  
Math 2 hours 2 hours 1 minute  
Science     2 hours


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Taking Practice Tests

Students can take practice tests on the Internet to prepare for the new California state tests. Here's how:

1. Go to the test site:

2. Click or tap the Sign In button.

3. Select a grade.

4. Select a test.

5. Follow the further instructions.

Sample 8th grade science question:

sample 8th grade science question

Previous Years: STAR Tests

In previous years the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests were used to determine Academic Performance Index (API) scores. The CST Science Test for 8th graders is still given.


STAR Tests
Acronym Test Given to Months
CAPA California Alternate Performance Assessment students with disabilities May
CMA California Modified Assessment students with disabilities May
CST California Standards Tests all students September for 8th graders
May for all grades
STS Standards-based Test in Spanish for certain Spanish-speaking students May


Practice California STAR tests from previous years: