The purpose of this Survival Guide is to help you make sense and make better use of the current standards-based reform movement. The information listed below provides some background on current efforts to improve schools by using tests. It also provides information that can be used in the classroom immediately to improve instruction in a standards-based and test-driven educational system.
Ultimately, you are the expert. You are in the best position to judge how to link standards with instruction and testing to benefit your students. This resource should help you discover how to do that.
Note: The California Code of Regulations prohibits any program of specific preparation for the statewide pupil assessment program or a particular test used therein. Test release questions should not be used to develop practice tests that would mimic or parallel state tests, nor should they be used for teaching or drilling students only on the released items.
-- Title 5, Section 854 (a.) based on California Education Code, Section 60611.