Early Assessment Program
The California Department of Education (CDE) collaborates with the California State University (CSU), California Community Colleges (CCC) and the State Board of Education (SBE), to address the number of incoming college students who require remediation in English and/or mathematics. The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is designed to provide students, their families, and high schools with early signals about students’ readiness for college-level English and mathematics.
The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments are administered as part of the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. EAP has been incorporated into the new CAASPP. Students wishing to inform the CSU and CCC of their EAP status may submit their CAASPP results by marking the release button at the end of the CAASPP exam. The CSU and participating community colleges will use the CAASPP results for early assessment of college readiness in English and mathematics.
The EAP is designed to bridge the gap between high school standards and college expectations by substantially increasing the college readiness, and eventual college success, of California’s high school students. In addition, the EAP not only strengthens comprehensive, high-school-based, college preparation programs, but also allows each public high school, CCC and CSU to determine the college preparation status of individual students.
Grade eleven students participating in the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment will receive CAASPP results. These results will be used as the student’s EAP status. Marking the release button at the end of the test will allow students to release their CAASPP results to the CSU and/or CCC. The release of the results does not affect the student’s application for admission. Results are only used to determine placement of students after they have been admitted to a university.
Schools will receive CAASPP results within 4-6 weeks after the student completes the assessments. Students will receive Individual Student Reports (ISR) within 6-8 weeks after that district has completed all CAASPP testing. EAP results may be found on the back of the ISR.
Standard Exceeded: student is deemed ready for English and/or mathematics college level coursework and are exempt from taking the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam. These students will be able to register in college degree-bearing courses upon entering the CSU or a participating CCC.
Standard Met: student is deemed as conditionally ready for English and/or mathematics college level coursework and are exempt from taking the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam. However, students must continue their preparation in the 12th grade by taking an approved English course, such as the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) and/or an approved math course. Students must pass the approved course with a grade of “C” or better. Students that do not meet the conditional requirement will need to participate in the CSU’s Early Start Program, unless exemption was met through another pathway.
Standard Nearly Met: student is deemed as not yet demonstrating readiness for English and/or mathematics college level coursework. The student will need additional preparation in the 12th grade and will be required to take the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam unless they meet the exemption criteria through another pathway.
Standard Not Met: student is deemed as not demonstrating readiness for English and/or mathematics college level coursework. The student will need substantial improvement to demonstrate knowledge and skills needed for success in entry-level credit-bearing college coursework after high school
Additional information about the next steps for students who perform at "Standard Met" or below may be found at CSU Success.