Every spring, the California Department of Education sets out to see how students throughout the Golden State are performing academically through the California STAR Testing Program. Using assessments like the California Standards Tests (CST), state educators are able to see how students in grades two through eleven are faring in subjects such as reading, mathematics and science, according to the Department's website.
As a firm grasp on these and other academic subjects is so vital to students' long-term success, it is important for educators to do what they can to help pupils excel on the Tests. At Golden Valley High School, teachers had their students participate in what are known as California Standards Test chats, the Merced Sun-Star reported.
During these seven-minute chats, around 1,200 Golden Valley freshmen and sophomores took part in conversations with teachers, principals, administrators, trustees, school resource officers, legislators' representatives and community members to discuss the importance of doing well in school.
"Being inspired to reach our goals on this test will not only help with successful CST scores, but also successful grades in the classroom," Raul Estrada, a Golden Valley sophomore, told the news source.