Quiz: Can you pass the STAR tests given to kids?

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 - 3:29 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Each year, most California students take statewide benchmark exams called STAR tests. Depending on how they do, they are scored as advanced, proficient, basic, below basic or far below basic. The test results have big implications for schools under No Child Left Behind; parents can transfer students away from schools that consistently perform poorly.

A year ago, we gave readers a shot to see how they would do on a few of these tests -- quite well, it turned out. So this year, we upped the ante a little. Only questions at the "proficient" level are in our latest mini-tests, instead of a hodgepodge of basic and hard questions. Can you ace it?

Click a picture to go to that test ...



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Source: California Department of Education, Official STAR Sample Questions

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