Using Common Core State Standards in CSU Admission and Prerequisite Requirements for Mathematics and Other Disciplines

AS-3161-14/APEP (Rev)

ATTACHMENT 1 TO 3161-14/APEP (Rev)
ATTACHMENT 2 TO 3161-14/APEP (Rev)

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) urge the California State University (CSU) to adopt the language of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as it defines college readiness in its admission and prerequisite requirements; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the faculty of the CSU work diligently (through its Academic Senate CSU representatives) to cooperatively develop (with the University of California and California Community College faculty) the specific meaning of “college readiness for mathematics” as outlined in the jointly-issued Statement on Competencies in Mathematics Expected of Entering College Students (attached); and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Senate Chairs, CSU Math Council, CSU Provosts/Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, Board of Admissions Relations with Schools (BOARS), Campus articulation officers, Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges, and the Academic Senate of the University of California.

RATIONALE: With the commitment of the State of California to the Common Core Standards (, language concerning the K-12 curriculum will link to these standards rather than the historical structure of the high school curriculum, e.g., intermediate algebra or Algebra II. The University of California (UC) faculty, through its Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS), has committed to this transition. For example, the Common Core moves away from terms such as Algebra II and Intermediate Mathematics.

The CSU and UC faculty have been careful to define the expectancies for incoming students with competency statements in critical subjects: The mathematics competency statement (attached) has recently (May 2013) been updated to include the specific topics in the CCSS that relate to college readiness. It is imperative that CSU faculty take the lead in defining “cut scores” in assessment instruments (such as the Smarter Balanced Assessment ( intended as the instrument for evaluating college readiness. This same diligence will need to be applied as the future versions of the Entry-Level Mathematics, English Placement Test, and Early Assessment Program instruments are developed.


  • BOARS Statement on Basic Math for all Admitted UC Students
  • Statement on Competencies in Mathematics Expected of Entering College Students


Approved Without Dissent– March 20-21, 2014



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