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AB-1805 Community colleges: Student Equity and Achievement Program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 09/19/2018 09:00 PM
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Assembly Bill No. 1805
CHAPTER 531

An act to add Section 78221.5 to the Education Code, relating to community colleges.

[ Approved by Governor  September 19, 2018. Filed with Secretary of State  September 19, 2018. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1805, Irwin. Community colleges: Student Equity and Achievement Program.
Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law, the Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012, provides that the purpose of the act is to increase California community college student access and success by providing effective core matriculation services of orientation, assessment and placement, counseling, and other education planning services, and academic interventions. Existing law requires a community college district or college to maximize the probability that a student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and mathematics within a one-year timeframe. Existing law requires, for those students placed into credit English as a second language (ESL) coursework, community colleges to maximize the probability that the student will complete degree and transfer requirements in English within 3 years. Existing law also requires multiple measures to apply in the placement of all students, as provided.
Existing law also establishes the Student Equity and Achievement Program, pursuant to which funding may be provided to support the California Community Colleges in implementing activities and practices that, among other things, advance the systemwide goal of eliminating achievement gaps for students from traditionally underrepresented groups.
This bill would provide that, as a condition for receiving funding pursuant to the Student Equity and Achievement Program, a community college would be required to do all of the following: inform students of their rights to access transfer-level coursework and academic credit ESL coursework, and of the multiple measures placement policies developed by the community college, as provided; annually report to the Office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges the community college’s placement policies and placement results; publicly post its placement results; and implement these provisions by a specified date. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature that the chancellor’s office make the collected placement policies and placement data publicly available, except for personally identifiable information, by posting the data on its Internet Web site or making it publicly available upon request.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 78221.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

78221.5.
 As a condition for receiving funding pursuant to the Student Equity and Achievement Program established by Section 78222, a community college shall do all of the following:
(a) (1) Inform students of their rights to access transfer-level coursework and academic credit English as a second language (ESL) coursework, and of the multiple measures placement policies developed by the community college, as provided in Section 78213.
(2) The information described in paragraph (1) shall be communicated in language that is easily understandable, and shall be prominently featured in the community college catalog, orientation materials, information relating to student assessment on the community college’s Internet Web site, and any written communication by a college counselor to a student about the student’s course placement options.
(b) Annually report both of the following to the chancellor’s office in a manner and form prescribed by the chancellor’s office, consistent with the requirements of Section 78213:
(1) The community college’s placement policies.
(2) (A) The community college’s placement results. A community college shall include the number of students assessed and the number of students placed into transfer-level coursework, transfer-level coursework with concurrent support, or transfer-level or credit ESL coursework, disaggregated by race and ethnicity.
(B) For students placed in stand-alone English or mathematics pretransfer-level coursework, a community college district or college shall provide, based on local placement research, an explanation of how effective practices align with the regulations adopted pursuant to Section 78213.
(c) Publicly post its placement results, including the number of students assessed and the number of students placed into transfer-level coursework, transfer-level coursework with concurrent support, or transfer-level or credit ESL coursework, disaggregated by race and ethnicity.
(d) Satisfy the requirements of this section by the implementation date, established by regulation pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 78213, for purposes of compliance with the requirements of Section 78213.
(e) It is the intent of the Legislature that the chancellor’s office shall make data collected pursuant to subdivision (b) publicly available, except for personally identifiable information, which shall be deemed confidential, by posting the data on the Internet Web site of the chancellor’s office or making it publicly available upon request.