2004 Early Assessment Results Posted on the Web

Go to www.calstate.edu/eap to obtain data by district and high school.

Contacts: (CSU) Clara Potes-Fellow, (562) 951-4800, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu
(Calif. Dept. of Education) Ann S. Bancroft, (916) 319-0818, abancroft@cde.ca.gov

(November 1, 2004) – Results of the Early Assessment Program (EAP) are now posted online at http://www.calstate.edu/eap. Results of the English and mathematics assessments are presented by county, district and high school. For information on the Early Assessment Test, please contact the California State University or the California Department of Education. For information on the results by district or high school, please contact the public information office of that particular district or high school.

The EAP -- a collaborative effort among the California State University, the State Board of Education, and the California Department of Education -- offers 11th graders the opportunity to measure their readiness for college-level English and mathematics, and facilitates opportunities to improve their skills during the senior year of high school.

In spring 2004, the first year that the test was made available to all public school 11th graders, more than 150,000 students took the extended test in English and 115,000 in mathematics.

Among those tested in English, 33,720 students, or 22 percent, were classified as ready to take English courses at the college level and are exempt from taking the CSU English Placement Test after admission. In mathematics, 63,504 students, or 55 percent of those tested, scored high enough to take college level mathematics.

“Results of the new Early Assessment give a timely, early signal to students about their own readiness for college-level mathematics and English,” said David S. Spence, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. “By taking the new test, students will know prior to their entering the 12th grade whether they need more preparation for college. A key benefit of taking the test includes the possibility of earning an exemption from CSU-required English or mathematics placement tests upon admission to a CSU campus.”

“Too often in the past, students entered their senior year without a realistic sense of their ability to succeed in college,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell. “But this test will serve as a wake-up call for many of our high school students.” Results of the first-year test, he said, confirm the need to increase rigorous coursework in California’s high schools, one of O’Connell’s top priorities as state superintendent.

Early notification of high school juniors regarding their readiness for college is the first step in a comprehensive effort by the California State University, Superintendent O’Connell, and the state Board of Education to smooth the transition between high school and college and better prepare all students to do college-level work. The three partners in this effort are working to strengthen the senior year of high school by developing new courses, providing services, and offering professional development for K-12 teachers.


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Last Updated: November 1, 2004

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