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California Department of Education May 2007 STAR 2007 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program Parent/Guardian Guide to the California Writing Standards Test Each spring, public school students in grades four and seven who participate in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program complete a writing task as part of the California English-Language Arts Standards Test (CST in English-language arts). This writing task is called the California Writing Standards Test or the CST in writing. Questions and Answers About the CST in Writing Who takes the CST in writing? All students in grades four and seven who take the multiple-choice part of the CST in English- language arts also write one essay in response to a writing task (prompt). What type of essay are students required to write? The type of essay that will be required for the CST in writing is not announced in advance; therefore, students must be prepared to write to all the following possible types of essays for their respective grade level: Students in grade four may be asked to write a narrative (story), a response to literature, or a summary of a reading passage. Students in grade seven may be asked to write a fictional narrative (story), a response to literature, a persuasive letter or essay, or a summary of a reading passage.
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