Final exams

It’s not just any Friday; it’s the Friday before the biggest holiday week of the year. So if you’re reading this, you’re probably trying to escape from a) out-of-town guests, b) another tin of homemade cookies that reminds you about that resolution to join a gym, c) the annual office party that’s been downgraded by the economy from a formal soiree with a band and open bar to cheese Danish and coffee, or d) all of the above.

Hmmm, multiple choice. That gives us an idea for something that will keep TOPed in your thoughts next week while we take a break. We’ve compiled an array of questions, released by the publishers, from a variety of tests. Pour yourself a glass of eggnog – no scrimping on the nutmeg – power up your graphing calculator, and open your booklet.
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California High School Exit Exam

Mathematical Reasoning

1.    The table below shows values for x and corresponding values for y.


Which of the following represents the relationship between x and y?

A.        y = 1/7x

B.        y = 7x

C.        y = x-6

D.        y = x-18

Algebra I

2.    Which of the following is equivalent to 1-2x>3(x-2)?

A.        1-2x>3x-2

B.        1-2x>3x-5

C.        1-2x>3x-6

D.        1-2x>3x-7

Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability

3.    The Smithburg town library wanted to see what types of books were borrowed most often.

pie chartAccording to the circle graph shown above –

A.  More Children’s books were borrowed than Romance and Science Fiction combined.

B.  More than half of the books borrowed were Children’s, Mysteries, and Art combined.

C.  More Mysteries were borrowed than Art and Science Fiction combined.

D.  More than half of the books borrowed were Romance, Mysteries, and Science Fiction combined.

English-Language Arts

maya start Maya 1

maya 8

California Standards Test

Grade 8/History-Social Science
CST grade 8 History-social science 1

California Standards Test

Grade 5/Science

CST science grade 5
National Assessment of Educational Progress (a.k.a., the Nation’s Report Card)

Grade 12/Economics

NAEP grade12 econ

Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
Administered every three years to 15 year olds in more than 70 countries, including the United States


The approximate distance to stop a moving vehicle is the sum of:

– the distance covered during the time the driver takes to begin to apply the brakes
(reaction-time distance)

– the distance travelled while the brakes are applied (braking distance).

The ‘snail’ diagram below gives the theoretical stopping distance for a vehicle in good braking condition (a particularly alert driver, brakes and tyres [tires] in perfect condition, a dry road with a good surface) and how much the stopping distance depends on speed.



If a vehicle is travelling at 110 kph, what distance does the vehicle travel during the driver’s reaction time?


If a vehicle is travelling at 110 kph, what is the total distance travelled before the vehicle stops?


If a vehicle is travelling at 110 kph, how long does it take to stop the vehicle completely?

California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
Must be passed by all California teachers before starting their certification program.




cbest math


cbest writing

Author: Kathryn Baron

Kathryn Baron, co-writer of TOP-Ed (Thoughts On Public Education in California), has been covering education in California for about 15 years; most of that time at KQED Public Radio where her reports aired on The California Report as well as various National Public Radio programs. She also wrote for magazines and newspapers before going virtual as producer and editor at The George Lucas Educational Foundation. Kathy grew up in New York in a family of teachers. She moved to California for graduate school and after spending one sunny New Year’s Day riding her bicycle in the foothills, decided to stay. She and her husband live in Belmont. They have two children, one in college and one in high school.

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