Communicating and Utilizing EAP Results
Communicating EAP Results to Students and Families
Communicating with students and families about the EAP formally begins with notifying them of the upcoming tests in the winter, before 11th grade STAR testing. At that time, the CSU makes available to all high schools a letter designed to alert families about the forthcoming tests and their importance in CSU placement and remediation. Distribution of the letter to all 11th grade students and parents will ensure that they are aware of the upcoming tests and their significance.
Notification of EAP status begins in late summer, typically during August. If students filled in the bubble to release the information to the CSU, they may access their scores on a CSU website that protects the privacy of their individual student information.
Students are able to obtain their status directly online as soon as the reports are available. It is important for teachers and counselors to inform 11th grade students about the results website. Students will also receive their EAP status on their STAR reports. Families need to be able to take full advantage of the EAP results. Keys to successful communications with family include:
- Informing parents immediately about students' EAP performance
- Ensuring that parents receive and understand EAP results
- Connecting families with school site and EAP resources to help students who do not demonstrate college readiness improve their status
- Fostering parent and community awareness of EAP in California's diverse communities by providing translations or bilingual assistance with the status reports.
Utilizing EAP Scores for 12th Grade Placement
EAP status can be used in determining 12th grade placements for those students needing support. Students who do not demonstrate college readiness in English and/or mathematics should be placed in courses and supplemental experiences that provide extra instruction.
High schools demonstrating substantial improvements in college readiness among their students have typically used three strategies:
- Early identification of students likely to need assistance based on prior STAR scores; earlier-grade STAR results can be used for 12th grade planning well before EAP scores are available.
- Twelfth grade interventions for students who need additional preparation.
- Expository Reading and Writing Course participation for all students in order to assist them to both achieve and maintain college readiness.
Checklist: Communicating about EAP and Utilizing Test Results
Communicating with Students about EAP:
- Distribute the CSU letter alerting 11th grade students about EAP testing.
- Inform 11th graders about the EAP STAR test items and essay.
- Encourage students to release their scores to the CSU by filling in the bubble on the test data page.
- Provide 11th graders information about accessing EAP scores online.
- Distribute explanations of EAP scores with the STAR report to students.
Communicating with Families about EAP:
- Distribute the CSU letter alerting families of 11th graders about EAP testing.
- Distribute explanations of EAP scores with the STAR report to parents.
- Distribute EAP school wide results to parent and community groups.
Managing School Site EAP Roles:
- Plan EAP testing with the school site testing coordinator and counselors.
- Administer EAP multiple-choice items with the STAR test.
- Administer the EAP written essay.
- Review (1) prior STAR scores and (2) 11th grade EAP scores for beginning 12th grade placement planning.