Assembly Bill (AB) 705 Implementation Update
The Las Positas College Assessment Center will continue to offer ACCUPLACER assessment for English and mathematics course placement for spring semester 2019 and summer term 2019 through Tuesday, July 9 2019, the start of the fourth session of the summer term 2019. The Assessment Center will continue to encourage students to take the ACCUPLACER assessment in the event that they choose to take courses during the summer term due to the College's commingled registration for summer and fall which begins Tuesday, April 6, 2019. Assembly Bill (AB) 705 prohibits the reliance of ACCUPLACER for course placement effective fall semester 2019. ACCUPLACER is not and will not be used to assess students into English as a Second Language (ESL) courses - the Combined English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA) will continue to be used for ESL course placement until further guidance from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. The California Chemistry Diagnostic Test will be continued to be used for Chemistry 1A course placement.
The Assessment Center cannot offer ACCUPLACER assessment for students who plan to participate in Math Jam in August 2019, the week prior to the start of the fall semester because of the implementation of AB 705. Instructors assigned to Math Jam will need to consider alternate assessments or simply consider participation in Math Jam as a just-in-time refresher or math preparatory noncredit course.
The Assessment Center is in the process of updating its webpage to comply with AB 705. Las PositasCollege is utilizing the example of Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) to help guide the development of the new webpage. Click on the following link to view the SRJC webpage example to be modeled https://assessment.santarosa.edu/announcement-all-srjc-students. The Assessment Center will work with the Articulation Officer, the Counseling Department, and the Curriculum Committee to identify all new credit and noncredit courses to be offered in English and mathematics effective fall semester 2019.
The Assessment Center envisions the new webpage to be utilized as a self-placement tool for new, returning, and continuing students for English and mathematics course selection. AB 705 allows students to self-place into transfer-level courses in English and mathematics and to complete such courses within the first year of enrollment. The new Assessment Center webpage will include prompts pertaining to high school coursework, high school grades, and high school grade point averages. English and mathematics faculty will play a key role in determining new cutoffs for self-placement for students. Students may also ask that standardized test results (e.g., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, etc.) and other college level work from regionally accredited colleges and universities be reviewed for course placement beyond the first level of transfer-level courses in English and mathematics.
CCCApply Admission Application Update
The statewide CCCApply Steering Committee has yet to provide guidance on the new admission application to be utilized to help colleges comply with AB 705. It is anticipated that Las Positas College will adopt the new admission application when it becomes available.