Support for Encouraging 11th Graders to Take the SAT or ACT as a Means of
Establishing College Readiness in English and Mathematics and the Dissemination of Registration Fee Waiver Information
RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) appreciate the establishment of equivalency levels on the SAT and ACT in September 2014 for the purpose of establishing conditional status for college readiness in English and mathematics for CSU-bound students; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recognize the importance of SAT and ACT scores as timely assessments that inform 11th grade students that they are either exempt from the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) test, or should take specific coursework in the 12th grade; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU strongly encourage the California Department of Education (CDE) and the leadership of all California school districts to continue to encourage students to take the SAT and/or ACT during their 11th grade year; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU strongly encourage the CDE and the leadership of all California school districts to inform students of the SAT and ACT fee waiver eligibility criteria and application processes; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, Executive Committee of the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges, CDE, and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
RATIONALE:It is in the best interest of CSU-bound students to obtain timely assessment of their college readiness status in English and mathematics. Those students demonstrating proficiency are exempt from the EPT and/or ELM assessments, administered by the CSU prior to enrollment. Further, when the assessment of readiness occurs in the 11th grade, those students who do not demonstrate proficiency have an additional year of high school in which to take remedial coursework in an effort to achieve readiness status.
The ACT and SAT have established equivalency levels for purposes of determining college readiness in English and mathematics. With the new equivalency levels for the conditional readiness status, these assessments serve 11th graders by providing timely information about readiness, the need for remediation and, in the case of students who are conditionally proficient, possible courses of action that students can take to attain proficiency in 12th grade.
Students meeting certain eligibility criteria may apply for a waiver of the SAT and/or ACT registration fees. To reach students who may benefit from registration fee waivers, we request that the CDE and school leadership personnel work to inform students of the eligibility criteria and application processes.
Approved Unanimously – November 7, 2014