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AB-914 Public postsecondary education: California State University: proficiency level of entering students.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/17/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 914


Introduced by Assembly Member Irwin

February 17, 2021


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


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 914, 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 instead require the California State University to provide specified information to the Legislature about the placement of freshmen at each of its campuses for purposes of certain general education requirements in one report to be submitted by April 1 of each year. This placement information would include the numbers of freshmen at each campus, the freshmen’s levels of general education written communication and mathematics and quantitative reasoning placement, an analysis of the factors used by the university in its determination of freshmen’s levels of that placement, an analysis of any equity gaps by income, race, or ethnicity within and across the university’s levels of that placement, 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 general education written communication and mathematics and quantitative reasoning placement levels of all first-time freshmen. On or before December 15 April 1 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 placement for general education written communication and mathematics and quantitative reasoning. For purposes of this paragraph, the university shall disaggregate this number into the following two general education categories:
(A) Written communication.
(B) Mathematics and quantitative reasoning.
(3) The number and proportion of regularly admitted and specially admitted first-time freshmen that become exempt through in each of level who meet the approved alternatives. general education requirement for each category identified in paragraph (2) as follows:
(A) Prior to the fall term of the academic year.
(B) At the end of the fall term of the academic year.
(C) At the end of the spring term of the academic year.
(D) At the end of the fall term of the second academic year.
(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.

(4)The entry-level proficiency exam pass rates

(ii) “Student success indicators” are all of regularly admitted the following: (I) persistence into the fall term of the second academic year at the CSU, (II) the number of units completed at the CSU in the first academic year, and specially admitted first-time freshmen. (III) grade point average at the CSU in the first academic year.
(5) An analysis of any equity gaps by income, race, or ethnicity within and across the university’s four levels of placement for general education written communication and mathematics and quantitative reasoning, 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 required by this section shall comply with Section 9795 of each year. the Government Code.