The Early Assessment Program (EAP) measures your English and math skills at the end of your junior year to let you know in advance if you are ready for college level work. When you take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) exam in English-Language Arts and Mathematics you will receive an EAP status before the beginning of your senior year, informing you whether or not you are ready to enroll in for-credit math courses. If you are not ready, you can take advantage of your senior year to prepare for the CSU.
California K-12 education is currently transitioning to the Common Core State Standards. AB 484, effective January 1, 2014, eliminates the existing STAR accountability program and establishes the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which will include the EAP. Previously, only 11th grade students who were eligible to take the CST for English–Language Arts or Algebra II or Summative High School Mathematics were eligible to participate. The new assessment allows for the EAP to be embedded in the exam with no additional questions required. This change will allow all California 11th grade students to participate in the EAP and receive early signals about their readiness for college level English and math courses.
To promote wide-scale adoption of the ERWC, the CSU and County Offices of Education are collaborating to provide professional development for English teachers at a variety of locations across the state. The four-day series includes all of the course materials, provides teachers with a theoretical understanding of the ERWC, outlines the benefits of the course for students and school personnel, and offers pragmatic strategies for using the course materials to teach each module. Although districts are responsible for the cost of substitutes, the workshops are free of charge for eligible teachers. Teachers of 11th- and 12th-grade English, as well as AVID teachers, are encouraged to attend.