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CA L I F O R N I A STA N DA R D S T E ST Released Test Questions English-Language Arts


GR A D E 6 Introduction - Grade 6 English-Language Arts


The following released test questions are taken from the Grade 6 English-Language Arts Standards Test. This test is one of the California Standards Tests administered as part of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program under policies set by the State Board of Education.


All questions on the California Standards Tests are evaluated by committees of content experts, including teachers and administrators, to ensure their appropriateness for measuring the California academic content standards in Grade 6 English-Language Arts. In addition to content, all items are reviewed and approved to ensure their adherence to the principles of fairness and to ensure no bias exists with respect to characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, and language.


This document contains released test questions from the California Standards Test forms in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. First on the pages that follow are lists of the standards assessed on the Grade 6 English-Language Arts Test. Next are released passages and test questions. Following the questions is a table that gives the correct answer for each question, the content standard that each question is measuring, and the year each question last appeared on the test.


The following table lists each strand/reporting cluster, the number of items that appear on the exam, and the number of released test questions that appear in this document.


STRAND/REPORTING CLUSTER • Word Analysis • Reading Comprehension


• Literary Response and Analysis • Writing Strategies • Written Conventions TOTAL


NUMBER OF QUESTIONS ON EXAM


13 17 12 17 16 75


NUMBER OF RELEASED


TEST QUESTIONS 12


19 12 20 13 76


In selecting test questions for release, three criteria are used: (1) the questions adequately cover a selection of the academic content standards assessed on the Grade 6 English-Language Arts Test; (2) the questions demonstrate a range of difficulty; and (3) the questions present a variety of ways standards can be assessed. These released test questions do not reflect all of the ways the standards may be assessed. Released test questions will not appear on future tests.


For more information about the California Standards Tests, visit the California Department of Education’s Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/resources.asp.


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This is a sample of California Standards Test questions. This is NOT an operational test form. Test scores cannot be projected based on performance on released test questions. Copyright © 2007 California Department of Education.


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