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AB-2578 Public postsecondary education: California State University: proficiency level of entering students.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/20/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2578


Introduced by Assembly Member Irwin

February 20, 2020


An act to amend Section 66015.12 of the Education Code, relating to public postsecondary education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2578, as introduced, Irwin. Public postsecondary education: California State University: proficiency level of entering students.
Existing law establishes the California State University, administered by the Trustees of the California State University, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. The California State University comprises 23 institutions of higher education. Existing law requires the California State University to provide specified information about the proficiency of freshmen at each of its campuses in a preliminary report submitted on or before December 15 of each year and in a final report to the Legislature submitted on or before February 1 of each year.
This bill would require the California State University to provide additional information to the Legislature in these reports. This additional information would include the numbers of freshmen at each campus, the freshmen’s levels of college readiness in English and mathematics, an analysis of the factors used by the university in its determination of freshmen’s levels of college readiness, an analysis of any equity gaps by income, race, or ethnicity within and across the university’s levels of college readiness, and the university’s plan to address any such gaps.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 66015.12 of the Education Code is amended to read:

66015.12.
 (a) It is the intent of the Legislature that the California State University (CSU) assess and report the entry-level proficiency of all first-time freshmen. On or before December 15 of each year, the California State University shall submit to the Legislature a preliminary report by each campus in the system that includes all of the following information:
(1) The total number of regularly admitted and specially admitted first-time freshmen.
(2) The number and proportion of regularly admitted and specially admitted first-time freshmen that are exempt from entry-level proficiency exams. who fall into each of the university’s four levels of college readiness. For purposes of this paragraph, the university shall disaggregate this number into two categories: English and mathematics.
(3) The number and proportion of regularly admitted and specially admitted first-time freshmen that become exempt through each of the approved alternatives. in each level who are successful in college-level courses in: (A) the first semester, (B) the second semester, and (C) the third semester.

(4)The entry-level proficiency exam pass rates of regularly admitted and specially admitted first-time freshmen.

(4) (A) An analysis of the university’s three factors that go into the multiple measures assessment of placement of freshmen into a specified level, and how predictive each of those factors is for student success indicators.
(B) For purposes of this section:
(i) The university’s three factors that go into the multiple measures assessment of the placement of freshmen are: (I) course taking, (II) grade point average, and (III) test taking.
(ii) “Student success indicators” are all of the following: (I) persistence into the third semester at the CSU, (II) the number of units completed at the CSU in the first year, and (III) grade point average at the CSU in the first year.
(5) An analysis of any equity gaps by income, race, or ethnicity within and across the university’s four levels of college readiness, and the university’s plan to address any such gaps.
(b) The California State University shall submit a final report to the Legislature on or before February 1 of each year.
(c) The reports required by this section shall comply with Section 9795 of the Government Code.