The Early Assessment Program (EAP) provides California public high school students early signals of their subject area proficiencies in Grade 11 and facilitates opportunities for full academic preparation to enter first-year English and math upon admission to the CSU in Grade 12. The regional EAP office at Cal Maritime offers college readiness outreach and support to secondary schools and community colleges throughout Napa and Solano Counties in service of the CSU's "How to Get to College" initiative.
The California Department of Education, State Board of Education, and CSU established the EAP in response to the population of California public high school graduates entering the CSU as first-year students requiring remediation, or additional developmental coursework to improve students' skills to college entry level. The EAP reduces students' need for remediation at the CSU and participating California community colleges by:
Every spring, California public high school students will participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) "Smarter Balanced Assessment" for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics, which indicate students' subject area proficiencies by the conclusion of Grade 11. The EAP determines students' initial readiness status based on CAASPP results. (Note: Students may have different readiness statuses for either subject area.)
4. Standard Exceeded ("Ready") English: 2682-2795 Math: 2718-2862
Performs above grade-level expectations and may enroll directly into first-year English and/or math upon admission to the CSU. Exempt from placement testing and remediation in college.
3. Standard Met ("Conditionally Ready") English: 2583-2681 Math: 2628-2717
Performs at grade-level expectations and must complete approved readiness pathway(s) to earn eligibility to enroll into first-year English and/or math upon admission to the CSU. Exempt from placement testing and remediation if readiness pathway(s) completed.
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 English and/or math upon admission to the CSU. Not exempt from placement testing, may require remediation.
Students with "Conditionally Ready" status may demonstrate readiness to enroll into first-year English and math at the CSU through qualifying scores on applicable tests and passing approved, year-long college preparatory courses in high school. Completing any of the following conditions exempts students from EPT and/or ELM and remediation per subject area. (Note: School districts must formally adopt the ERWC curriculum and upload the course as specified to the UC A-G Course Management Portal each academic year for students to receive exemption. The EAP does not accept substitutions, equivalencies, or partial-year courses for granting exemptions.)
English Language Arts/Literacy
Students with "Not Yet/Not Ready" status (and students with "Conditionally Ready" status who do not satisfy their conditions for exemption) must pass the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Exam to earn eligibility to enroll into first-year English and/or math courses at the CSU. To pass, students must achieve minimum scores of 147 on the EPT and 50 on the ELM. Students who do not pass placement testing must participate in CSU Early Start and possibly additional remediation. For more information, visit the EPT & ELM webpage.
California students entering the CSU with a remediation requirement in English and/or math must complete CSU Early Start in summer before their first fall semester. This program improves students' academic skills to meet first-year course enrollment standards. (Note: Cal Maritime does not presently offer CSU Early Start courses but accepts evidence of satisfactory course completion from other CSU campuses.)
Students may attend classroom-based, online, or hybrid CSU Early Start courses at/through the CSU campus(es) most convenient to them; though encouraged, they do not need to complete their courses at the campuses admitting them. Courses cost $182 per unit plus $2 for campus-related fees, with financial aid available to students demonstrating need. For more information about costs, view the FAQ.
To satisfy remediation through CSU Early Start, students must enroll in qualifying courses offering three or more units. Courses offering fewer than three units will not satisfy remediation, meaning students must then complete additional remedial coursework during their regular academic year, potentially delaying their graduation. Students who do not satisfy remediation by the start of their second academic year risk academic disqualification, meaning they cannot continue as students at the CSU.
To register, please visit the official CSU Early Start Program webpage.
Matthew Tener, MA
Student Services Building 125
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CSU Early Start Program
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CSU Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Exam
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