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Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS)

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Background

The purchasable Standards-based Tests in Spanish are multiple-choice tests in mathematics for Spanish-speaking English learners in grades two through eleven. Students who take the STS may also take the CSTs and/or CMA appropriate to their grade level.

STS items were developed by bilingual, biliterate California educators and test developers and are written specifically to assess students' achievement of California's content standards for English–language arts and mathematics.

Visit the STAR STS Blueprints page on the CDE Web site to see the STS blueprints.

Who Can Take the STS?
The purchasable STS for Mathematics consists of multiple-choice tests for Spanish-speaking English learners in grades two through eleven who:
  • Are receiving instruction in Spanish regardless of the length of time they have been enrolled in school in the United States or one of its territories; or
  • Will have been enrolled in a school in the United States or one of its territories less than 12 cumulative (not consecutive) months on the first day of testing.

At the option of the local educational agency, schools may also purchase tests for Spanish-speaking English learners who will have been in school in the United States or one of its territories 12 cumulative (not consecutive) months or more who are not receiving instruction in Spanish.

STS for Non-ELs in Dual-immersion Programs

With the State Board of Education's (SBE) recent approval of the California Department of Education's (CDE) recommendation regarding Assembly Bill 1521, the STS is available to school districts and independently testing charter schools for students who are enrolled in a dual-language immersion program and who are either nonlimited English proficient or have been redesignated fluent English proficient.

See the STS for Non-EL Dual-immersion Students materials or contact your CalTAC representative for information about ordering STS for Non-ELs in Dual-immersion Programs materials.

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