Sitting down to an exam never looked so fun Monday at Horace Mann Elementary School, where public officials and community leaders descended on the campus for a standardized testing kickoff celebration.
“We are trying to tell the kids that this is a celebration of their learning,” Principal Rosa Alonso said as she weaved through the crowd doling out high fives.
It is testing season for California public school districts. Horace Mann students, like thousands of others in grades 2 through 11 across Glendale Unified, are sitting for the California Standards Tests — commonly known as the CSTs — that assess proficiency in subjects including English, math, science and history.
They are administered during a one-month window in the spring, with school administrators setting the exact dates and times. Scores are typically released midsummer, and make up a school’s Academic Index Performance score.
Glendale Unified is in the thick of six weeks worth of testing, including California High School Exit Examination and advanced placement exams, which can earn top high school students college credit.