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Early Assessment Program


The Early Assessment Program (EAP) verifies Californian students admitted to the CSU as first-time freshmen demonstrate proficiency in English and mathematics required for enrollment in first-year General Education courses and provides opportunities during high school to prepare academically for baccalaureate coursework. The EAP office at Cal Maritime offers regional outreach services to public schools throughout Napa and Solano Counties in support of the CSU's "How to Get to College" initiative.


Remediation


Recent data estimates nearly half of all Californian students entering higher education directly following high school graduation require remediation in English and/or math. The CSU, in partnership with the California Department of Education and State Board of Education, established the EAP to fully prepare students for college during high school, reducing the need for remediation at the CSU and participating California Community Colleges by:

  • Providing early signals of academic strengths and deficits through standardized testing in Grade 11
  • Offering pathways to full preparation to enter first-year General Education courses in Grade 12
  • Offering exemptions for first-year course placement testing and remediation in college

 

CAASPP "Smarter Balanced Assessments"


Every spring semester, Californian public high school juniors participate in the Grade 11 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) "Smarter Balanced Assessments" for English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics. These assessments indicate whether students perform above, at, or below grade-level expectations for both subject areas. The EAP determines students' initial readiness statuses and any additionally required preparation based on CAASPP results (Note: Statuses and required preparation may differ between subject areas):


Level 4. Standard Exceeded (Ready)        English: 2682-2795        Math: 2718-2862

Performs above grade-level expectations and may enroll directly into first-year General Education courses upon admission to the CSU or participating California Community Colleges. Exempt from placement testing and remediation in college.


Level. 3 Standard Met (Conditionally Ready)        English: 2583-2681        Math: 2682-2717

Performs at grade-level expectations and must complete approved readiness pathway(s) in Grade 12 to earn eligibility to enroll into first-year General Education courses at the CSU or participating California Community Colleges. Exempt from placement testing and remediation if readiness pathway(s) satisfied.


Levels 1 & 2. Standard Nearly/Not Met (Not Yet/Not Ready)        English: 2299-2582        Math: 2280-2627

Performs below grade-level expectations and must participate in placement testing to earn eligibility to enroll in first-year General Education courses at the CSU or participating California Community Colleges. Not exempt from placement testing, may require remediation.

 

Readiness Pathways


Students with "Conditionally Ready" status may demonstrate readiness to enroll in first-year General Education courses at the CSU or participating California Community Colleges through Advanced Placement (AP) exams, the ACT/SAT, and approved, year-long courses. Completing any of the following satisfies the condition for exemption from placement testing and remediation per subject area (Note: The EAP does not recognize substitutions or "equivalencies" of courses listed below for satisfying students' conditions for exemption).
 

     English Language Arts/Literacy

  • Score 3 on College Board AP Literature/Language & Composition exam in Grade 11
  • Score 22 on ACT English Test
  • Score 500 on old SAT English Test
  • Score 550 on new SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Test
  • Minimum C- in AP English or Weighted Honors English in Grade 12
  • Minimum C- in CSU Expository Reading and Writing* (ERWC) in Grade 12
  • Minimum C- in International Baccalaureate (IB) English in Grade 12

* Note: School sites must formally adopt the CSU ERWC curriculum through their district offices for students to receive EAP credit.

     Mathematics

  • Score 3 on College Board AP Calculus or Statistics exam in Grade 11
  • Score 23 on ACT Mathematics Test
  • Score 550 on old SAT Math Test
  • Score 570 on new SAT Math Test
  • Minimum C- in AP Calculus, AP Physics, or AP Statistics in Grade 12
  • Minimum C- in CSU e-Learning Math in Grade 12
  • Minimum C- in Calculus, Math Analysis, Pre-Calculus, or Trigonometry in Grade 12
  • Minimum C- in math courses with Algebra II/Integrated Math III prerequisite in Grade 12

 

Placement Testing


Students with "Not Yet/Not Ready" status (or with "Conditionally Ready" status who do not satisfy the conditions for exemption) must participate in the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Exam to earn eligibility to enroll in first-year General Education courses at the CSU or participating California Community Colleges. To pass either test, students must achieve minimum scores of 147 for the EPT and 50 for the ELM. Students who do not pass placement testing must participate in the CSU Early Start Program and possibly additional remediation.

Please visit the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website to learn more about EPT/ELM placement testing, register for upcoming examination dates, check scores, and get answers to frequently asked questions.

 

CSU Early Start Program


The CSU Early Start Program provides students requiring remediation convenient, cost-effective opportunities to improve their English and math skills to entry-level standards in the summer prior to their first fall semester at a CSU campus. Satisfactory completion of Early Start courses offering three or more units earns students eligibility to enroll in first-year General Education courses at the CSU (Note: Completing courses offering fewer than three units only satisfies the Early Start requirement, and students must complete additional remedial coursework by the conclusion of their first academic term at the CSU or risk academic disqualification).

Students may attend Early Start classes in person, online, or as hybrid courses at CSU campuses most convenient to them; they do not have to attend classes at the campus admitting them for fall registration (Note: Cal Maritime does not presently offer Early Start classes but accepts certificates of completion from other CSU campuses).

Please visit the CSU Early Start Program website to register. Additionally, students may review the Recommended English and Math Proficiency Resources for Students Entering Cal Maritime for a list of approved remediation courses.


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Coordinator, College Readiness & EAP


Matthew Tener, MA
Laboratory Building 112
(707) 654-1081
mtener@csum.edu

 

Classroom Materials


CSU "How to Get to College" Poster
CSU "Set Sail for Success" Poster
CSU "Think College!" Poster
EAP Flowchart (2016-2017)
EAP Junior Flyer (2016-2017)

Counselor & Educator Resources


CAASPP Smarter Balanced Score Guide
California Colleges
CSU Early Start Program
CSU English Placement Test (EPT)
CSU Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Exam
CSU ERWC Adoption Fact Sheet
CSU ERWC Adoption Form
CSU ERWC Online Community
CSU ERWC Teacher Workshops
CSU ERWC UC "a-g" Course Description
CSU High School Dashboard
CSU Strengthening Mathematics Instruction
CSU Success (English & Math)

EAP Recommended Proficiency Resources

EAP Regional Office Services


EAP Campus Tour Request (Middle School)
EAP Office Service Request (High School)
EAP Presentation Request (High School)
Outreach Tutor Application
Outreach Tutor Job Description
Tour Guide Application
Tour Guide Job Description
 

 


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