About the Data
The data presented here was obtained from publicly accessible California Department of Education websites dealing
with statewide standardized testing – notably the STAR and CAASPP programs. It encompasses test results since 2003
from over 13,000 public schools, traditional and charter, in 60 counties and over 1,000 districts. The resulting
database contains approximately 100 million records.
About the Assessments
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System
On January 1, 2014, the legislature established the CAASPP System of statewide assessments.
The first official administration of the CAASPP system assessments was for the 2014-15 school year.
It includes assessments of English Language Arts and mathematics in grades three through eight and
eleven that are developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). It also includes
alternate assessments for those years and subjects, and science assessments in grades five, eight and ten.
California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program
The STAR program, established by the Legislature in 1997, evolved over a decade to include five
types of assessments – California Standards Tests (CSTs), California Alternate Performance
Assessment (CAPA), California Modified Assessment (CMA), and Standards-based Tests in
Spanish (STS), and Early Assessment Program (EAP) – in English Language Arts, Mathematics,
Science and History-Social Science. Each spring, students in grades two through eleven took
a STAR test. The STAR program ended on July 1, 2013.
About the Graphs
Trend Data – Proficiency and Performance Levels by Year
These graphs let you see how SBAC and STAR results for the students of California have changed
over time and give you the ability to see trend lines of a school, district, county, or
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