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Understanding EAP


Starting in 2015, with the establishment of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), EAP is a fully incorporated component of the 11th grade standardized English and math exams.

Under this new system, there is no need for supplemental questions or a separate essay segment. Students will receive an EAP status with their CAASPP results. EAP will continue to serve as an early signal of college readiness for high school seniors. We hope the new testing model will facilitate broader and easier use of EAP by California high schools, educators, and students.



During the transition to CAASPP over the next few years, the CSU has elected to allow students to utilize their ACT and SAT scores, in addition to CAASPP results, to obtain a Conditionally Ready status .  The cut-off scores are as follows (listed in descending order):



Conditionally Ready

SAT Math



SAT English



ACT Math



ACT English



Accordingly, the CSU will encourage juniors to participate in the ACT or SAT before the end of their junior year.  This will allow schools a second measure, in addition to CAASPP results, to determine senior year English and math course placement.

Ways our office can help your school:

  • Connecting you with college readiness-focused, Common Core-aligned professional development in English and math
  • Assisting students and parents with navigating the particulars of college readiness requirements at the CSU campus of their choice and partnering California Community Colleges, such as Solano College
  • Having CSU students present in your classroom on the topics of college readiness and/or the high school-to-college transition
  • Advising on the adoption and implementation of the Expository Reading & Writing Course (ERWC) as a full-year 12th grade course
  • Presenting CSU readiness information at back-to-school nights, PTA meetings, college fairs, etc.
  • Connecting students with academic mentoring at select locations to assist them in preparing for college-level English and math
  • Assisting counselors and teachers in identifying and implementing appropriate senior-year instruction for students who need additional support in their pathways to college
  • Supporting teachers in grades 6-9 in efforts to promote knowledge of college readiness through the CSU "How to Get to College" initiative
  • For more information, please email eap@csum.edu


EAP Resources for High School Teachers:

EAP Spring 2015 Newsletter: News on the latest EAP happenings for educators and administrators

School Presentation for 11th Graders - 2015: Presentation for local high school juniors discussing the benefits of EAP 

Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC): A task force of high school and CSU faculty has developed the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), a full-year college preparatory English course for high school juniors or seniors.  The ERWC aligns with the California Common Core State Standards, addresses critical reading and writing problems identified by the CSU English Placement Test Committee, and prepares students to meet the expectations of college and university faculty.  The ERWC qualifies as a Senior Experience for Conditionally Exempt (those scoring "Conditionally Ready" according to the CAASPP) English students, and meets the a-g area "b" requirement for both CSU and UC preparation.

      To promote wide-scale adoption of the ERWC, the CSU and County Offices of Education are collaborating to provide professional development for English teachers at a variety of locations across the state. The four-day series includes all of the course materials, provides teachers with a theoretical understanding of the ERWC, outlines the benefits of the course for students and school personnel, and offers pragmatic strategies for using the course materials to teach each module.  Although districts are responsible for the cost of substitutes, the workshops are free of charge for eligible teachers.  Teachers of 11th and 12th-grade English, as well as AVID teachers, are encouraged to attend.

To register for an upcoming ERWC workshop in your area, visit RegOnline.