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Early Assessment Program

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

Background

Each spring, all grade eleven students in California take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. These assessments, which are administered as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System, also serve as an indicator of readiness for college-level coursework in written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning and are used by the California State University (CSU) and participating California Community Colleges (CCCs) to determine Early Assessment Program (EAP) status.

How Students Can Authorize Release of their Results

All students participate in EAP by virtue of completing the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Students must authorize the release of their CAASPP (i.e., Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment) results for each assessment to the CSU and CCC systems.

  • The release of results for both ELA and mathematics must be completed separately.
  • Students who do not release their results at the end of the assessments may later submit a copy of their score report to the CSU and/or CCC in which they have enrolled.  

The release of the CAASPP results will not affect a student’s application for admission. Results are only used to determine a student’s placement after he or she has been admitted to the California State University.

How EAP Status Is Reported

Students will find their EAP status reported on the front of the 2017–18 Student Score Report. There are four possible EAP status levels, as described below:

    1. Ready
      Students who score at the highest performance level (“Standard Exceeded” [Level 4]) are ready for written communication and/or math/quantitative reasoning general education (GE) baccalaureate courses. 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 twelfth grade.

    2. Conditionally Ready

      Students who score at the “Standard Met” (Level 3) performance level are conditionally ready for written communication and/or math/quantitative reasoning GE baccalaureate courses. Conditionally ready students (Level 3) must take an approved English and/or mathematics courses in the twelfth grade and receive a grade of “C-” or better. Students who do not meet the conditional requirement may be placed in the CSU’s Early Start Program (ESP) or in supported baccalaureate courses, unless they meet the exemption criteria through another pathway.

    3. Not Yet Ready
      Students who score at the “Standard Nearly Met” (Level 2) performance level are not yet ready for written communication and/or math/quantitative reasoning GE baccalaureate courses. Students with a “level 2” will be placed in the ESP and in supported baccalaureate courses unless they meet the exemption criteria through another pathway.

    4. Not Ready
      Students who score at the “Standard Not Met” (Level 1) performance level are considered not ready for written communication and/or math/quantitative reasoning GE baccalaureate courses. Students with a “level 1” will be placed in the ESP and in supported baccalaureate courses unless they meet the exemption criteria through another pathway.

For more information, please see the CSU’s Early Assessment Program Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Professional Development

The CSU will continue to provide Strengthening Mathematics Instruction (SMI) External link opens in new window or tab. workshops and training on implementing the Expository Reading and Writing courses (ERWC) External link opens in new window or tab..

Additional Information

English Resources External link opens in new window or tab. 
English resources for counselors and teachers

Math Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
Math resources for counselors and teachers

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

The California State University (CSU) External link opens in new window or tab.
Information about the EAP in the CSU system.

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.

List of CSU EAP Campus Coordinators External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Junior EAP Flyer External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Information about how to determine college readiness

Senior EAP Brochure External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Information about using assessment results to prepare for college level courses

Your Pathway to College Readiness EAP Poster External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Illustrates multiple pathways to become college ready

Questions:   Carolyn Hamilton | chamilton@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-5765
Last Reviewed: Thursday, November 16, 2017