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AB-751 Pupil assessments: Pathways to College Act.(2019-2020)

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Bill Status
AB-751
O'Donnell (A)
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Cervantes (A) , Chen (A) , Medina (A) , Wiener (S)
Pupil assessments: Pathways to College Act.
03/22/19
An act to amend Sections 60630 and 60641 of, and to add and repeal Section 60640.5 of, the Education Code, relating to pupil assessments.
Assembly
09/18/19

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
01/21/20 Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
10/12/19 Vetoed by Governor.
09/25/19 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
09/13/19 In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
09/13/19 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 38. Noes 2. Page 2933.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 751 without my signature.

This bill would establish the Pathways to College Act and require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to approve nationally recognized high school assessments that a local education agency may administer in place of the state-sponsored high school summative assessment, Smarter Balanced, beginning with the 2020-21 school year.

Encouraging student access to college and reducing the student testing burden in high school are laudable goals. However, I am concerned that replacing the state's high school assessment with the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) will have the opposite effect. Specifically, their use exacerbates the inequities for underrepresented students, given that performance on these tests is highly correlated with race and parental income, and is not the best predictor for college success.

It is important to remember that over the last several years California has made great strides towards establishing a coherent accountability system. Measuring how students throughout the state perform on our state's assessments, including the grade 11 assessment, provides critical information to students, families, educators, and our state

Finally, our K-12 system and public universities continue to discuss the potential for using of California's grade 11 state assessment for college admissions or eligibility purposes in the future. This would be a better approach to improving access to college for underrepresented students and reducing 'testing fatigue.'

Sincerely,




Gavin Newsom