Support for Continuation of Early Assessment Program (EAP)/Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Testing for College and Career Readiness Indicator Assessment until the Full Transition to Smarter Balanced Assessment

AS-3144-13/APEP

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) appreciate the desire of the California Department of Education (CDE) to reduce the testing burden of school districts and ease the transition to the Common Core; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recognize the importance of the EAP/STAR that is used in the 11th grade to determine if students are college ready or identifies the need for specific course work in the 12th grade that will exempt students from the need to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) test; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU strongly encourage the CDE and the leadership of all California school districts to continue their participation in the 11th grade EAP during 2013-14 as it is in the best interest of their students; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges, California Department of Education, and Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

RATIONALE: AB 484 removes the testing requirements from California Schools while they transition to the Smarter Balanced Assessment. One of these tests is the Standardized Testing And Reporting (STAR) test, administered at the end of the 11th grade, that together with additional items contains the Early ssessment
Program (EAP) test.

The EAP serves several important functions:

1. It provides early notification to 11th grade students of whether or not the CSU considers them sufficiently proficient in math, reading, and writing.

2. For 11th graders who do not pass the EAP and who are required to engage in remediation, early notification allows these students to engage in the needed coursework during their senior year of high school, saving them the costs of enrolling in non-credit bearing units during their first year of college.

3. Students who pass the EAP receive early notification that they are exempt from the CSU’s entry level examinations (EPT and/or ELM). Thus, EAP results thus increase the likelihood students will enter the CSU prepared to engage in college-level coursework. Considerable cost savings are realized by both students and the CSU.

4. Early assessment information benefits students at the 74 community colleges that use EAP data.

This early identification is critical to students’ college and career readiness which leads directly to their college success. The absence of this test would significantly increase the number of students who enter college underprepared, requiring a significant expansion of the Early Start program.

Approved Unanimously – September 20, 2013

 

 



 
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