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Early Assessment Program

A program that assesses students for college-readiness in grade eleven of high school.

Background

The California Department of Education (CDE) collaborates with the California State University (CSU), California Community Colleges (CCC) and the State Board of Education (SBE), to address the number of incoming college students who require remediation in English and/or mathematics. The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is designed to provide students, their families, and high schools with early signals about students’ readiness for college-level English and mathematics.

The EAP has transitioned to align with new curriculum content standards and the new tests which assess student performance.

Effective 2014–15, the grade eleven Smarter Balanced computer adaptive assessments for English–language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics replaced the augmented California Standards Tests that were used for EAP. The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments provide grade eleven students with an early indication of readiness for college-level course work in English and mathematics.   The California State University (CSU) and participating California Community Colleges (CCC) will use student results from the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments as a student’s EAP status in English and mathematics.

The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are administered as part of the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. EAP has been incorporated into the new CAASPP.  Students wishing to inform the CSU and CCC of their EAP status may submit their CAASPP results by marking the release button at the end of the CAASPP exam. The CSU and participating community colleges will use the CAASPP results for early assessment of college readiness in English and mathematics.

Purpose

The EAP is designed to bridge the gap between high school standards and college expectations by substantially increasing the college readiness, and eventual college success, of California’s high school students. In addition, the EAP not only strengthens comprehensive, high-school-based, college preparation programs, but also allows each public high school, CCC and CSU to determine the college preparation status of individual students

Program/Services

Grade Eleven CAASPP Testing

Grade eleven students participating in the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment will receive CAASPP results. CAASPP results will be used as the student’s EAP status.  Marking the release button at the end of the test will allow students to release their CAASPP results to the CSU and/or the CCC.  The release of the results does not affect the student’s application for admission.  Results are only used to determine placement of students after they have been admitted to the university.

After grade eleven students take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, schools will receive CAASPP results within 4 weeks after the student completes the assessments.  Students will receive Individual Student Reports (ISR) within 6-8 weeks after that district has completed all CAASPP testing.  EAP results may be found on the back of the ISR

Grade 12 Intervention

Students who earn a “Standard Exceeded” on their CAASPP will be deemed ready for English and/or mathematics college level coursework and are exempt from taking the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam. These students will be able to register in college degree-bearing courses upon entering the CSU or a participating CCC.  Students are encouraged to continue preparation during the 12th grade. 

Students who earn a “Standard Met” on their CAASPP will be deemed as conditionally ready for English and/or mathematics college level coursework and are exempt from taking the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam.  However, students must continue their preparation in the 12th grade by taking an approved English course, such as the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) and/or an approved math course. Students must pass the approved course with a grade of “C” or better. Students that do not meet the conditional requirement will need to participate in the CSU’s Early Start Program, unless exemption was met through another pathway.

Students who earn a “Standard Nearly Met” on their CAASPP will be deemed as not yet demonstrating readiness for English and/or mathematics college level coursework.  The student will need additional preparation in the 12th grade and will be required to take the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam unless they meet the exemption criteria through another pathway.  

Students who earn a “Standard Not Met” on their CAASPP will be deemed as not demonstrating readiness for English and/or mathematics college level coursework.   The student will need substantial improvement to demonstrate knowledge and skills needed for success in entry-level credit-bearing college coursework after high school

Additional information about the next steps for students who perform at the level 3 or below may be found at CSU Success External link opens in new window or tab..

Professional Development

The California State University (CSU) will continue to provide Strengthening Mathematics Instruction (SMI) workshops and training on implementing the Expository Reading and Writing courses (ERWC).

Outcomes

All students in California should have the opportunity to successfully matriculate to a college of their choice.  However, many high school students are graduating under-prepared for college-level work. The EAP provides an excellent opportunity to begin remedying this situation by raising expectations for all students and providing support for students and teachers to reach those expectations. The Early Assessment Program addresses remediation and, at the same time, cultivates understanding of the study/learning skills necessary for college success. The EAP fosters a more challenging high school senior year while establishing a much-needed articulation mechanism between education systems.

Results

Addresses remediation needs of incoming college students in the area of English and/or mathematics.
Strengthens comprehensive, school-based, college-preparation programs.
Fosters a more challenging high school senior year by providing lesson modules to better meet needs for college preparation.
Provides professional development to teachers throughout the state to assist students during the senior year to ensure full college readiness.
Allows entering college students to enroll directly in baccalaureate courses.

Additional Information

2015 Early Assessment Program (PDF) | 2015 Early Assessment Program Student Letter (PDF)
February 2015: Joint letters with the California Department of Education, California State University, and California Community College to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, High School Principals, College and High School Counselors and Career Center Directors, Grade Eleven English and Mathematics Teachers, and Grade Eleven Students regarding the 2015 Early Assessment Program (EAP).

List of Participating California Community Colleges External link opens in new window or tab.

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) External link opens in new window or tab.
Frequently asked questions regarding the EAP on the CSU Web site.

The California State University (CSU) External link opens in new window or tab.
Information about the EAP in the CSU system and links to all of the CSU campuses.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) External link opens in new window or tab.
Information about the EAP and the CCC Chancellor’s Office.

Questions:   Carolyn Hamilton | chamilton@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-5765
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