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What to do on a Test Day

Make sure your child comes to school on time, well rested and having eaten a good breakfast.

If your child is absent the day of a test, check if a make-up test day is available.

Testing Summary

Testing helps assess the progress and success of individual students and the school as a whole, and to identify specific problems. Some tests are mandated by the state of California, others by LAUSD. The NAEP is a federal assessment.

Acronym Test Given to Months
  Audiometric Testing students who might have a hearing loss January
CELDT California English Language Development Test students whose home language is not English August through October
PFT California Physical Fitness Test 7th graders January through April
  Math/Literacy Diagnostic Test 8th graders April
STAR California State Testing see California State Testing page September, April-May
NAEP National Assessment of Educational Progress students age 13 January-February
  Periodic Assessments see Periodic Assessments page October thru May
  Scoliosis Screening 7th grade girls and 8th grade boys January

College and Career-Planning Tests

8th grade students are encouraged to take the ACT EXLORE Test. LAUSD provides this opportunity to all 8th and 9th graders to help them as they start thinking about future educational and career opportunities. The test is administered at Palms. For details, contact Ms. Cuda in the Counseling Office.

Interested students can also take the PSAT in October.

See also High School and College Readiness.

Acronym Test Given to Months
  ACT EXLORE Test interested students check with counselor
PSAT Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test interested students October