Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


This study was conducted to evaluate the stress and anxiety of high-stakes, standardized testing on second grade students. Twenty second-grade students participated by giving their responses on an affect survey before and after STAR testing each day for two weeks. An analysis of the data revealed the students' different emotions towards taking the California STAR tests for the first time in their young academic career. The results from their responses showed that 85% of the participants experienced test anxiety or stress at least one day of testing. A majority of the students indicated feeling "nervous", "scared", "sad", or "sick" before or after STAR testing. The results from the study are used to help parents, teachers and administrators understand what second-graders experience during STAR testing.


Thesis (M.A.) Teacher Education Department