California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

STAR Testing

Beginning in 1997, California began putting into place a comprehensive standards-based educational system for all students, including standards-aligned textbooks and tests and a system of accountability to determine whether students are learning to expectations.

Click here to view the latest published results of the California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program.


AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) is a statewide accountability system mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 which requires each state to ensure that all schools and districts make Adequate Yearly Progress.

Click here to view the 2008 AYP Report for Western Placer USD.


The California English Language Development Test (CELDT) is a required state test for English language proficiency that must be given to students whose primary language is other than English.

Click hereto view the state CELDT Reporting site for Durham USD. 

The CELDT Reporting site provides aggregate CELDT results for each school, district, and county, as well as the state. No individual student results or aggregate reports for three or fewer students are presented on the Internet.

California Standards Test

Attainment of California content standards is tested annually with the California Standards Tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

In addition, students in grades 8, 10, and 11  take the California History/Social Science Standards Tests.

High school students who are enrolled in college preparatory science courses take the appropriate California Science Standards Test.

Physical Fitness Testing

Physical Fitness is assessed in grades 5, 7 and 9 each school year in accordance with State mandates.

The physical fitness test designated for California public students is the FITNESSGRAM, developed by The Cooper Institute. The test assesses six major fitness areas, including:

  • aerobic capacity (cardiovascular endurance)
  • body composition (percentage of body fat)
  • abdominal strength and endurance
  • trunk strength and flexibility
  • upper body strength and endurance
  • overall flexibility

A number of test options are provided so that most students can participate.

Click here to view the Physical Fitness Test results for Durham Unified School District, 2007-2008.


High school seniors are required pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) to receive a high school diploma. State law authorized this new graduation requirement in 1999 (Senate Bill 2, Statutes of 1999) and it took effect with the  class of 2006.

The purpose of the CAHSEE is to help improve student achievement in high school and make sure that graduates meet identified state content standards in reading, writing, and mathematics.


The Academic Performance Index(API) measures performance and progress of a school. It is a numeric index or scale that ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1000. The state has set 800 as the API score that schools should strive to meet. Schools that fall short of the target will be required to meet annual growth targets until their goal is achieved. Schools that already meet or exceed the 800 API should continue working to improve the academic performance of all students. Results of the norm-referenced test and California Standards Tests, given in the spring as part of the state's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program, are used to calculate a school's API.

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