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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 Common Core test.

Common Core

Common Core State Standards refers to a national initiative that specifies what students should understand in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade level, K through 12.

Most but not all states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, including the State of California.

The Standards emphasize comprehension, critical thinking, and analysis skills, not rote memorization.

Palms teachers choose the tools and methods that will help their students reach the goals of the Standard.

You can read the standards yourself at


Common Core Testing Schedule 2022

May 3-18, 2023


An Overview of the Common Core State Standards

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These web pages at the California Department of Education provide useful and detailed information about Common Core:

State Testing

The Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests used in previous years to determine student performance and school API scores were replaced by the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests.

Primary among the CAASPP tests is the the California Smarter Balanced Field Test.

Testing schedule:

  • State tests in Spring 2014 were considered to be practice tests. School and students did not receive scores.
  • Schools were told that state tests in Spring 2015 were also considered to be practice tests. The result were inaccurate due to networking problems that prevented many students from completing the tests. Nevertheless, schools later received scores.
  • State tests in Spring 2016 will count for student records and school assessments.
  • State tests in Spring 2020 and Spring 2021 were skipped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information see the California State Testing page.

California Department of Education

Example: Understanding a Story

A 6th grader should learn to

  • Analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

A 7th grader should learn to

  • Analyze the impact of rhymes and repetitions of sounds on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

An 8th grader should learn to

  • Analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts. 
Example: Solving Math Problems

A 6th grader should learn to

  • Solve one-variable equations and inequalities.​

A 7th grader should learn to

  • Solve problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.

An 8th grader should learn to

  • Solve pairs of simultaneous linear equations.