Recognition and Commendation for Efforts That Have Increased Rates of
Proficiency in Reading and Writing for Entering Freshmen
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) recognize and commend the efforts of California State University faculty and administration for their work and leadership in improving the reading and writing proficiency rates of graduating seniors in the public high schools of California; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recognize and commend in particular Dr. John Edlund, professor of English and the founding director of the university writing center at California State Polytechnic University Pomona, for his leadership in the development and adoption of the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) currently used in many of the public high schools of California, and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU further recognize and commend in particular Nancy Brynelson, Co-Director of the CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading (CAR), for her leadership in facilitating the collaboration and training that have brought CSU faculty and their high school colleagues together to work towards improving the reading and writing proficiency of high school seniors in the public high schools of California; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recognize and commend in particular the efforts of the many CSU faculty who continue to work with their high school colleagues as increasing numbers of high school seniors achieve college-ready proficiency in reading and writing; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU expect that partnering and continued collaboration between the CSU and high school faculty and administration will similarly achieve college-ready proficiency rates in reading/writing that fulfill the goals specified in Executive Order 665; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, Beverly Young, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Teacher Education and Public School Programs Eric Forbes, Director of Enrollment Management Services, John Edlund, Nancy Brynelson, California Department of Education, California Board of Education, California Postsecondary Education Committee (CPEC), California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), CSU Deans of Education, and the CSU English Council.
RATIONALE: The CSU Expository Reading and Writing Task Force developed both curriculum and professional development materials for the expository reading and writing course (ERWC) now offered in high school. The course was designed to prepare students for college-level English and is aligned with the California English-Language Arts Content Standards. The course assignments emphasize the in-depth study of expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing.
This course not only satisfies the 4th year high school "a-g" English requirement, but will also address critical reading and writing problems identified by the CSU English Placement Test Development Committee. The ERWC helps students meet the standards of the English Placement Test (EPT), the expectations of college and university faculty, and the requirements of the California English-Language Arts Content Standards.
The Center for the Advancement of Reading (CAR), part of the CSU Office of the Chancellor, oversees the professional development opportunities for high school English teachers in collaboration with the Curriculum and Steering Committee of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association. Approximately 5,000 English teachers have attended workshops and piloted course modules in their classroom. Of the 1,243 high schools in California, 367 have adopted the ERWC as a 12th grade course with an additional 750 high schools currently offering the course. Such efforts are deserving of recognition and commendation.
Unanimously – January 20-21, 2011