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In California, all high school students must pass a test to earn a high school diploma. The test is called the CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam). Some students with disabilities do not have to pass this test. California created the test to improve student achievement in high schools. The test helps to ensure that students graduate from high school with grade level skills in reading, writing, and math. Students first take this test in grade ten. If they do not pass the test in grade ten, they have more chances to take the test. In grade eleven, they can take the test two times. In grade twelve, they have up to five times to take the test.

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  • CAASPPThe Smarter Balanced Assessment System will give parents and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning. Because these assessments are computer adaptive, they will also provide better information about the needs and successes of individual students.These next-generation assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts/literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. That means students in all states will be taught to the same high standards.

    EAP – embedded in the SBAC test for grade 11 –


About PSATThe Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It’s a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

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About SATThe SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

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About AP TestAre you ready for a unique learning experience that will help you succeed in college? Through AP’s college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world.

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About ACTThe ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science.

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About CELDTState and federal laws require all school districts in California to give a state test each year to every student who has been identified as an English learner. In California, the name of this test is the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Its purpose is to see how well each student is becoming proficient in English. The Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD) will administer the CELDT starting in September and ending October 31.

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