Early Assessment ProgramThe Early Assessment Program is one of the multiple measures the California State University (CSU) utilizes to assess grade eleven students' readiness for college-level coursework.
The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is designed to provide students with an early signal of college academic preparation through California Assessments of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP/EAP) results. CAASPP/EAP scores are ONE of the multiple measures the CSU utilizes as an indicator of students’ readiness for college-level coursework in English and mathematics and for placement of first-time freshman in the appropriate General Education (GE) English and mathematics courses once they enroll at the CSU.
For more information on how the CSU uses multiple measures (CAASPP/EAP, ACT, SAT, AP, high school and college coursework) for placement, visit the CSU student success website .
How Students Can Authorize Release of their Results
Each spring, all grade eleven students in California take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics administered as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System.
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 California Community Colleges (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 CSU.
Important Update: The CSU recognizes that due to COVID-19 disruptions, standardized assessment test results such as CAASPP/EAP, ACT, SAT, or AP results may not be available. In absence of test results, CSU campuses will use high school grade point average (GPA), high school math GPA, and high school and college coursework to evaluate a student's placement in GE English and math/quantitative reasoning courses. Students with assessment test results should submit results for the purpose of placement evaluation.
How EAP Status Is Reported
Students will find their EAP status reported on the front of the 2020–21 Student Score Report. There are four possible EAP status levels, as described below:
Standard Exceeded (Level 4)
Students who score at the highest performance level “Standard Exceeded” (Level 4) will enroll in GE English and/or mathematics college level courses upon entering the CSU. Students are encouraged to continue preparation during the twelfth grade.
Standard Met (Level 3)
Students who score at the “Standard Met” (Level 3) performance level must complete an approved year-long English and/or mathematics course in the twelfth grade with a grade of “C-” or better. Students will enroll in GE English and/or mathematics college-level courses upon entering the CSU.
Standard Nearly Met (Level 2) and Standard Not Met (Level 1)
Students who score at the “Standard Nearly Met” (Level 2) or Standard Not Met (Level 1) performance level will be placed in supported GE English and/or mathematics college-level courses unless they meet the exemption criteria through completion of other multiple measures (ACT, SAT, High School coursework or high school grade point average, and college transfer coursework).
To learn about the use of multiple measures visit the CSU student success website .
The CSU provides support and training in mathematics/quantitative reasoning through the Center for the Advancement of Instruction in Quantitative Reasoning (CAIQR) and training in implementing Expository Reading and Writing courses (ERWC)
Academic Preparation Student Brochure (PDF)
A guide to understand assessments and placement in first-year GE English and math courses