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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.

Did You Know?

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).

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. 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.

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.

The 2021 testing dates will be May 16-23, 2022.

2021 Testing Schedule (to be announced)

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade Minimum Day
TBA Math Test Math Test
TBA Math Performance Task Math Performance Task
TBA ELA Performance Task ELA Performance Task
TBA Make-Up Test Make-Up Test
TBA Make-Up Test

Make-Up Test

CST Science Test


Note: "ELA" means English Language Arts.


Test Times
Subject Test Performance Task
ELA 2 hours 15 minutes 2 hours
Math 2 hours 15 minutes 1 hour 15 minutes


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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 link that says Click here if you are a California student. This CAASPP box should appear at the top of the page. If not, click or tap the Click here if you are a California student link again until you see the CAASPP box.


3. Click or tap the Sign In button near the bottom of the page.

Smarter Balance login page

4. Select your grade (6, 7 or 8).

5. Click or tap the Yes button.

6. Pick one of the practice tests next to the arrows.

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: