Testing and Performance


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Testing is an important time to take the academic temperature of students and the school. We take measurements constantly in our classrooms to help our students succeed, and master their schoolwork. The following is a list of the many different testing programs. Follow the links at the bottom to find your child's grade and testing results on standardized tests.


Nationally Mandated Testing

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), grade 4.


State Mandated Testing

State Testing and Reporting (STAR) Opens in new window. includes the California Achievement Test, Sixth Edition (CAT/6) and the California Standards Test (CST) for grades 2-5. These test reading, language, math and spelling skills and writing assessment. The results are used to report the school's Academic Performance Index (API). California English Language Development Test (CELDT) Opens in new window. monitors the progress of English learners. Grades K-5. FITNESSGRAM Opens in new window.: Physical Fitness Test for grade 5.


District Mandated Testing

Includes the Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test (SDRT) and the Analytic Reading Inventory (ARI) for grades 4 & 5 and the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) for grades K-3. Fifth graders are also given a mathematics exit exam used for placement at the middle-school level.


School Performance

What is the API Academic Performance Index?
The API is a single number, ranging from a low of 200 to a high of 1000, that reflects a school’s performance level, based on the results of statewide testing. Its purpose is to measure the academic performance and growth of schools.

The API is based on an improvement model. It is used to measure the academic growth of a school. The API from one year is compared to the API from the prior year to measure improvement. Each school has an annual target, and all numerically significant subgroups at a school also have targets.

  • The API requires subgroup accountability to address the achievement gaps that exist between traditionally higher- and lower-scoring student subgroups.
  • The API is a cross-sectional look at student achievement. It does not track
    individual student progress across years but rather compares snapshots of
    school achievement results from one year to the next.
  • The API is used to rank schools. A school is compared to other schools statewide and to 100 other schools that have similar demographic characteristics.
  • The API is currently a school-based requirement only under state law. However, API reports are provided for LEAs in order to meet federal requirements under NCLB.

Accountability Report
Public schools throughout California are required to provide information about themselves to the community in the form of an annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC). These report cards provide a variety of data to allow the public to evaluate and compare schools in seven major areas:

  • demographic information
  • school safety and climate for learning
  • academic data
  • class size
  • teacher and staff information
  • curriculum and instruction
  • fiscal and expenditure data

Following state guidelines, the report cards are issued in the spring and focus on the previous academic year. The complete version of the report card addresses all state-required elements and is typically 12-14 pages long.

View Holmes 2008-2009 Accountability Report open (issued Spring of 2010)
View Holmes 2007-2008 Accountability Report new window (issued Spring of 2009)