Testing is part of the high school experience. At CKM, students take state-mandated high school tests to ascertain their level of proficiency in a variety of subject areas. In addition, those students wishing to attend college begin taking college entry exams to submit to colleges they wish to attend. To learn more about CKM’s demographic and performance information, visit the California Department of Education’s DataQuest website to search for the most recent information.
California Standards Tests (CST)
Every public school in California is required to ascertain student academic progress using the California Standards Tests (CSTs). According to the California Department of Education, “Content standards were designed to encourage the highest achievement of every student, by defining the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire at each grade level.” Visit the department’s website, to view the California’s content standards.
For high school students, the following CSTs are administered once a year in the spring:
Life Science 10
The CSTs evaluate the level of a student’s knowledge in specific subject areas based on content standards established by the California Department of Education. Test scores reveal the level of proficiency a student has achieved in a particular subject area. Proficiency levels are:
Below Basic (BB)
Far Below Basic (FBB)
A school’s goal is to have all students performing at proficient or advanced in all subject areas—a goal required by the federal No Child Left Behind (Title 1) Act.
Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
In high school, all freshmen are required to take the Physical Fitness Test (PFT). The PFT is a comprehensive, health-related physical fitness test to assist students in establishing lifelong physical activity habits. Testing typically occurs in spring.
California English Language Development Test (CELDT)
All public schools in California are required to administer the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to ascertain English language proficiency of (1) newly enrolled students whose primary language is not English and (2) English learners as an annual assessment. Annual CELDT testing occurs in the fall.
California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE)
For those students who desire an accelerated path to college or the work world, the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) may be a possible solution. The CHSPE is a voluntary test that assesses proficiency in basic reading, writing, and math skills and allows a student to bypass the four-year high school experience. This exam is offered outside of CKM. Students who are able to pass are awarded a Certificate of Proficiency by the California State Board of Education.
Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT)
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program of the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Test and gives students a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs. CKM typically offers freshman and juniors the opportunity to take the PSAT during the fall semester of each school year. All sophomores also take the test at that time with the district funding all sophomore test costs. For more information, visit the PSAT page of the College Board’s website.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
The College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is three-hour exam that ascertains a student’s verbal and mathematical reasoning. Many colleges and universities use SAT scores as part of their admission decisions. For more information about the SAT and upcoming test dates, visit the College Board website.
American College Testing (ACT)
American College Testing administers the ACT test to ascertain a high school student’s ability and readiness to tackle college-level coursework. The test covers English, mathematics, reading, and science. An optional writing test is available as well. Check the ACT website for more information and upcoming test dates.