STAR Testing Program
Students in grades 2 to 6 are tested annually in reading, mathematics, language, and spelling, with the addition of a writing test in fourth grade and a science test in fifth grade.
The STAR testing is comprised of the California Standards Test. The California Standards Tests assesses the student's skills on items that are aligned with the state content standards in language arts, mathematics, and writing. California's standards are reportedly more rigorous than the typical national curriculum.
Each year, approximately 90% of Cold Spring School's students score at the Proficient or Advanced Levels set by the State.
API Growth Report
The Academic Performance Index (API) has been the centerpiece of the statewide accountability system in California public education, but this year the API will be incorporated into the Three-Phase AYP report. The API is a composite score of the CAT-6 and the content standards assessments with a greater weight given to some areas over others. The scores range from 200 to 1000. The state's goal is for each school to score at or above an API of 800.