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1. Why does the CSU encourage students to take mathematics in their senior year of high school?

Students who complete their last math course in their junior year or earlier often have difficulties with the required college-level mathematics courses.

2. What is the Early Assessment Program (EAP)?

The EAP is the result of collaboration among the California Department of Education (CDE), State Board of Education (SBE), and California State University (CSU). The EAP has been developed to align the competencies required of incoming freshmen with the K-12 standards in English-language arts and mathematics. It is offered at all public California high schools when students take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in the 11th grade.

3. Why should eleventh-grade students take the CAASPP seriously?

Performing well on the assessments will give students the opportunity to:
  • Identify the need for additional preparation for English and/or math coursework.
  • Adjust senior-year coursework to prepare for college-level courses.

4. How and when do students participate in EAP

Grade eleven students participating in the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment will receive CAASPP results. CAASPP results will be used as the student’s EAP status.  Marking the release button at the end of the test will allow students to send their CAASPP results to the CSU and/or the 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 the university.


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