“California State University offers the most innovative solution. By using the state’s
11th-grade standards test to determine whether a student can take a college course for
credit, students get a heads-up as to whether they’re learning what the university
-- USA Today
The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among the State
Board of Education (SBE), the California Department of Education (CDE) and the
California State University (CSU). The program was established to provide
opportunities for students to measure their readiness for college-level English
and mathematics in their junior year of high school, and to facilitate
opportunities for them to improve their skills during their senior year.
The goal of the EAP program is to have California high school graduates enter
the CSU fully prepared to begin college-level study.
More than 60 percent of the nearly 40,000 first-time freshmen admitted to the
CSU require remedial education in English, mathematics or both. These 25,000
freshmen all have taken the required college preparatory curriculum and earned
at least a B grade point average in high school. The cost in time and money to
these students and to the state is substantial. Moreover, these students are
confused by seemingly having done the right things in high school only to find
out after admission to the CSU that they need further preparation.