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EARLY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM. Working Together to Prepare Students for College. Tom Reisz, San José State University CSU Counselor Conference, Santa Clara Friday, October 3, 2008. EAP The goal of the Early Assessment Program is to help California high school graduates enter the CSU

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Working Together to Prepare

Students for College

Tom Reisz, San José State University

CSU Counselor Conference, Santa Clara

Friday, October 3, 2008

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The goal of the Early Assessment Program is to help California high school graduates

enter the CSU

fully prepared for college-level work.

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English Proficiency

  • SAT Critical Reading:550 or above

  • SAT Writing Skills:680 or above

  • ACT English test:24 or above

  • AP English:3 or above

  • A “C” or better in a community college English course that satisfies the general education requirement in English composition (English 1A).

  • A status of READY on the CSU’s Early Assessment in English

  • A passing score on the CSU’s English Placement Test (EPT)

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Mathematics Proficiency

  • SAT Reasoning Test :550 or above

  • SAT Subject Test (IC or IIC):550 or above

  • ACT Mathematics test:23 or above

  • AP Calculus or Statistics:3 or above

  • A “C” or better in a community college mathematics course that satisfies the quantitative reasoning requirement (GE requirement B-4).

  • A status of READY (or CONDITIONALLY READY) on the CSU’s Early Assessment in Mathematics

  • A passing score on the CSU’s Entry Level Mathematics examination (ELM)

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CSU Incoming Freshmen

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Math Only


English Only




Historically, throughout the state…

  • About 35% of first-time freshmen enter the CSU without demonstrating proficiency in mathematics.

  • About 45% of first-time freshmen enter the CSU without demonstrating proficiency in English.

  • About 55% of first-time freshmen enter the CSU needing remediation in at least one subject.

Approximate Percent of Regularly Admitted Freshmen in Remedial Mathematics and English

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  • California State Board of Education

  • California Department of Education

  • California State University

The CSU Early Assessment Program


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The Early Assessment Program

  • The Early Signal

    11th Grade Testing

  • The Senior Year Experience

    12th Grade Intervention

  • Professional Development for High School Teachers

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11th Grade Testing: What is it?

Students participate by responding to the voluntary items that appear in their 11th grade CST Language Arts and Mathematics test booklets.

  • Mathematics (Algebra II and Summative High School Mathematics tests only)

    • 15 additional untimed multiple choice questions

  • English

    • 15 additional untimed multiple choice questions

    • 45 minute analytical essay administered in March

      Selected items from CST and additional EAP items (including the essay in English) are used to determine student readiness for college English and/or mathematics

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11th Grade Testing: Why Participate?

  • Identify the need for additional preparation for college-level courses while in high school.

  • Adjust senior-year coursework to prepare for college-level courses.

  • Earn an exemption from CSU placement tests. (Students may soon be able to use the EAP to fulfill California Community College placement requirements as well.)

  • Avoid investing time and money in college remediation courses that do not count toward a baccalaureate degree.

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Level of Participation

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11th Grade Testing: Promoting the Test

  • Peer-delivered EAP advising

  • Timely motivational video

  • Spring participation reminder (email)

  • Online results notification (email)


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11th Grade Testing: Results

  • Ready

    Exempt from the CSU placement examination in mathematics or English

  • ConditionallyReady(math only)

    Exempt from the CSU math placement upon satisfactory completion of a senior year math experience

  • Not Yet Demonstrating Readiness

    Must demonstrate readiness through the SAT, ACT, AP tests, community college course work, or CSU placement tests or enter remedial (developmental) classes

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EAP Administration & Reporting Timeline

March:Students sit for the EAP English essay. The essay may be administered on multiple days at any school site.

April:Students take the CST + EAP.

Summer:ETS scores the exams.

August:ETS delivers EAP results to district offices.

EAP district roster, with students grouped by school

2 copies of STAR student reports

STAR student CD-ROM

Transcript labels do NOT include EAP results

Then:Districts mail STAR student reports to students’ homes. One copy stays in students’ files at school. Released results are matched to applications in CSUMentor and available for online look-up.

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11th Grade Testing: Status Reports

  • EAP results appear on the lower left corner of the second page of the STAR Student Reports that are mailed home in August.

  • Students are referred to a website for additional advising.

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EAP STAR Report Website


  • Explanation of all EAP statuses

  • Student video explaining the importance of EAP

  • Links to advising tools and exam prep resources on the Math and English Success Websites

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11th Grade Testing: Status Release

By filling in the release bubble, students…

  • will be able to look up their results online when they are released.

  • will have their results matched to their applications in CSUMentor if they apply to the California State University.

EAP results DO NOT affect the admissions process.

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Online EAP Status Check


  • Students can look up their EAP mathematics and English status online at this website.

  • Students then receive personalized advice for fulfilling the CSU math and English placement requirements in the most efficient way.

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Replacement EAP Reports

  • Students who did not fill in the release bubble and lost their STAR Student Reports may obtain replacement EAP reports by emailing a request to

  • [email protected]

  • The request should include the student’s…

  • Full name

  • Date of birth

  • High school

  • School year in which he or she attended the 11th grade.

  • EAP results are valid only for the year following high school graduation.

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To get EAP data for your school, district, county, etc.




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The Senior Year Experience for Students in English

CSU English Success Website


“Exam Prep”

  • Two full-length EPTs

  • One set of Practice Questions

  • “Counselors”

  • English proficiency requirement

  • EAP status look-up

  • Motivational videos

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The Senior Year Experience for Students in Mathematics

CSU Math Success Website


  • ALEKS ELM preparation

  • Online ELM tutorials

  • Online practice tests

  • ELM Problem Book

  • Focus on Mathematics booklet

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Authoritative Advice from “My Roadmap”

  • The “My Roadmap” feature of both sites allows students to create personalized pathways to CSU-proficiency as early as the 9th grade.

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The Senior Year Math ExperienceFor Conditionally Ready Students

Students may fulfill their “conditional readiness” requirements by…

  • completing a math course that has Algebra II as a prerequisite or AP Physics with a grade of “C” or better. Note: A “C-” does not fulfill the requirement.

  • completing an online senior year math experience such as ALEKS in the spring semester.


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ALEKS: Intelligent Math Tutoring

  • ALEKS is an online tutorial that helps students prepare for the Entry Level Math (ELM) Exam

    • It costs $35 through the CSU Math Success website.

    • Fee waivers are available.

    • Students work at their own pace

    • Students can track their progress by viewing a pie chart that provides a snapshot of their current knowledge state.

    • A guided ALEKS course is available for “Conditionally Ready” students who are not taking math in their senior year. Passing this course fulfills the CSU math placement requirement.

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Math Level and CSU Proficiency

First-time freshmen at CSU Chico, Fall 2004 through Fall 2006

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Junior and Senior Coursework for Students in English

Expository Reading and Writing Course

Schools that have sent English teachers to EAP professional development workshops may also be able to offer the ERWC, or individual modules from the course, to juniors and seniors.

“B”-course approval was granted in June 2006.

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Professional Development for Teachers

  • Expository Reading and Writing Course

    • Emphasizes in-depth study of expository, analytical, and argumentative writing .

    • Deepens students’ critical reading, writing, and thinking skills.

    • Approved as a “b” course for juniors and seniors in the “a-g” college preparation sequence.

  • Reading Institutes for Academic Preparation

    • Helps teachers across the curriculum at every grade level become effective literacy instructors in their content areas.

  • Mathematics Program

    • Helps teachers recognize and create cognitively complex, multi-step problems that require students to develop creative approaches to problem solving

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EAP Site Leader Handbook

This handbook will help you…

  • review the main components of the EAP.

  • locate program resources.

  • develop a school site action plan.


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What Next?

  • Advise your juniors to take the EAP English and mathematics augmentations in the spring…and to fill in the status release bubble!

  • Have your juniors sign up at the Junior Portal for EAP reminders.

  • Connect your seniors to the appropriate resources, especially senior year mathematics classes for Conditionally Ready students. (In the second semester, refer students to ALEKS.) Find out which English teachers are offering ERWC-based lessons.

  • Encourage all students to visit the CSU Math and English Success websites and create roadmaps to readiness. Get to know the sites yourself!

  • Inform your school’s teachers about EAP professional development opportunities.

  • Get to know your local EAP coordinator. Invite him or her to your campus to talk to your students and staff.

  • Visit the CSU EAP Website at www.calstate.edu/eap to learn more about the program and get your school’s data. Get the EAP site leader handbook at...


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For further information, contact your local EAP coordinator.

Tom Reisz

San José State University


[email protected]

Christa Amouroux

San Francisco State University


[email protected]

Aimee Sanchez

CSU Monterey Bay


[email protected]

Claudia Quezada

CSU East Bay


[email protected]

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