Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School

Standardized Testing

STAR Reading Assessment 

The Star Test is a computer-adaptive reading assessment that measures the student’s reading level. The assessment results are then used by each teacher to plan and modify instruction as needed.

First through eighth grade students are administered the test three times a year: at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. 

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions and answers:

What are computer-adaptive tests?

All STAR assessments are computer-adaptive tests (CATs). Computer-adaptive tests continually adjust the difficulty of each child’s test by choosing each test question based on the child’s previous response. If the child answers a question correctly, the difficulty level of the next item is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is decreased. CATs save testing time and spare your child the frustration of items that are too difficult and the boredom of items that are too easy.

What are STAR assessments used for?

The STAR assessment is often used to screen students for their reading achievement level. The STAR assessment can be used to monitor student growth throughout the year, to estimate students’ understanding of state standards, and predict students’ performance on the state test. In addition, STAR can help teachers determine appropriate instructional levels and skills that students are ready to learn.

What kind of score does my child get?

  • Grade Placement (GP) is a numeric representation of a student's grade level, based on the specific month in which a student takes a STAR Reading test.  For example, a fourth grader in January will have a GP of 4.5 (fourth grade, fifth month of the academic year).
  • Grade equivalent (GE) is a norm-referenced score that represents how a student's test performance compares with other students nationally. For example, a fifth-grade student with a GE score of 7.6 performed as well as a typical seventh-grader in the sixth month of the academic year. This score doesn't necessarily mean that the student is capable of reading seventh-grade material-it only indicates that his reading skills are well above average for his grade level.
How can I help my child prepare for a STAR assessment?

The teacher who administers the test uses pre-test instructions to explain the test to your child. It is important for you to encourage your child to try to do his or her best on the assessment. Since STAR is a general measure of student ability in reading, students perform best on the assessment in the same way they perform best in school—when they have had plenty of rest, attend school regularly, and have eaten.

Should you have any questions prior to the test or after you have received your child's scores, you may contact Ana Sirabionian, the Teacher Specialist, at (818)957-3398 ext. 116.