The specific STAR testing dates for McKinley students will be April 30 – May 3 and May 8 – 10.  Students in grades 2-5 will be tested on the California Standards Test (CST), which measures how well students are meeting state standards in English language arts and mathematics.  Students in grade 5 are also assessed on science standards.

Please help your children do their best on these tests:
1.  Make sure they get plenty of sleep so they are well rested each day.
2. Make sure they start each day with a healthy breakfast.
3. Please do not schedule any appointments during this entire time.
4. Encourage them to do their very best effort!

STAR tests help monitor your child’s achievement and, along with other information, help teachers make decisions about each student’s academic needs.  The STAR results are also used by the state to calculate the Academic Performance Index (API) that determines whether schools in California are making progress in improving student achievement.  In addition, STAR results are used to determine whether schools and districts are making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.

Parents can access sample CST released questions for each grade level and more information from the California Dept. of Education Website at

To see the most current testing results for McKinley: