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Academic Preparation and Education Programs Committee

Andreas Gebauer (Bakersfield), Chair

The Committee’s major focus was AB 484 and its impact on the Early Assessment Program (EAP). AB 484 removes the requirement for school districts to administer the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) test in preparation for the transition to Smarter Balanced Assessment.   The EAP is contained within the STAR test and serves three important functions:

  • EAP provides early notification to 11th grade students of whether or not the CSU considers them sufficiently proficient in math, reading, and writing.
  • For 11th graders who do not pass the EAP and who are required to engage in remediation, early notification allows these students to engage in the needed coursework during their senior year of high school, saving them the costs of enrolling in non-credit bearing units during their first year of college.
  • Students who pass the EAP receive early notification that they are exempt from the CSU’s entry-level examinations (EPT and/or ELM). EAP results thus increase the likelihood students will enter the CSU prepared to engage in college-level coursework. Considerable cost savings are realized by both students and the CSU.

The early assessment information also benefits students at the 74 community colleges that use EAP data.  This early identification is critical to students’ college and career-readiness. The absence of this test would significantly increase the number of students who enter college underprepared, requiring a significant expansion of the Early Start program. 

We consulted with CO liaisons Beverly Young and Eric Forbes on this issue and prepared a resolution for the meeting of the ASCSU that encourages school districts to continue administering the STAR test (AS-3144-13/APEP).  This resolution was adopted unanimously. 

The remainder of the meeting was spent discussing the following items:

  • Revisions of the a-g requirements proposed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.  We determined that the revisions were technical in nature and had no objections.
  • Discussion of the Intercampus Concurrent Enrollment Program (ICE). It became clear that a lack of communication led to a lot of confusion regarding the implementation of online courses and the number of seats that needed to be made available for students from other campuses.  The committee received assurances that communication will be improved.  At the same time, the committee asked that data is collected and shared to determine how many students benefited from the program, what problems arose, what the faculty perspectives are, on how the program works as well as what problems arose.

The committee also received an update from Dr. Beverly Young on the current status of the adoption of the Common Core in California.

For more information, contact committee Chair Andreas Gebauer or visit the committee website.