Pasadena High School’s Spring Testing

With the introduction of the new Common Core State Standards in all California public schools, students are learning in new ways that deepens their knowledge and how to transfer new knowledge and skills to other subjects.

California is part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System and a multistate consortium that is developing a student testing system aligned with a common core of academic content standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. This next generation of assessments are computer-based tests designed to measure student progress toward college and career readiness.

During the week of April 7th, Pasadena High School’s 11th grade students will be participating in a field test of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the computer-based test that replaces the old STAR tests.

No student scores will be captured during the field test; instead, it will help schools successfully launch the new testing system in the 2014-2015 school year.

Field testing this year will help determine how well the test measures what students know and what they still need to learn. It also tests the district’s techinical capacity and will help determine what resources are necessary.

Students participating in the field test will get a chance to try out the new system — without consequences.¬†Students will use various types of devices (e.g., desktops, laptops, and tablets) to take the Field Test. Students will use a mouse, keyboard, touch screen, or trackpad to open the context menu on each type of device to access the embedded resources.Embedded resources include such functions as strikethrough, highlighter, American Sign Language videos, and text-to-speech. View the video about the Universal Tools.

See the types of questions on the test and take the practice test online.

See the California Department of Education’s video overview of the Smarter Balanced Field Test.

During the week of April 7th, in addition to the computer based test our 11th grade students will also take the EAP ELA and malth exams and our 10th grade students will be taking the 10th grade science exam. These are paper/pencil tests that are similiar to the CST tests they have taken in the past.

Pasadena High School, 2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 396-5880 or visit

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