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EAP Information for High School Educators

Is EAP going away?

No.  With the passage of AB 484, the California Department of Education still required that, in 2014, 11th grade students be given the opportunity to receive an EAP score through administration of the CST math and English exams, as well as the supplemental EAP essay and test questions.  Scoring and reporting reflected EAP results only.  By completing the exam, students had the opportunity to gain the same early signal of college readiness that EAP has offered in the past, and will be able to utilize their senior year to address any deficiencies through the Expository Reading & Writing Course and other senior year math and experiences.

With the establishment of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), starting in 2015, EAP will be fully incorporated into the 11th grade math and English exams.  Under this new system, there will be no need for supplemental questions or a separate essay segment.  Students will receive an EAP designation with their CAASPP results four to six weeks after the close of their school's testing window.  EAP will continue to serve as an early signal of college readiness for rising seniors.  We hope that the new testing model will facilitate broader and easier use of EAP by California high schools, educators, and students.

We understand that schools may have questions as these changes to our assessment model occurs, and urge you to contact our office as any concerns arise.


During the transition to CAASPP over the next two to three years, the CSU has elected to allow students to utilize their ACT and SAT scores, in addition to CAASPP results, to obtain a "Conditionally Ready" status.  The cut-off scores are as follows:


CSU Readiness Cut Score

CSU Conditionally Ready Cut Score

SAT Math



SAT Reading



ACT Math



ACT English



Accordingly, the CSU will encourage juniors to participate in SAT or ACT before the end of their junior year.  This will allow schools a second measure, in addition to CAASPP results, to determine senior year math and English course placement.


About the College Readiness & EAP Coordinator:

My name is Elaine Kociolek.  While I defer to the in-depth experience and expertise of our local high school educators, my background working in a number of different roles in both K-12 and higher education has given me an understanding of many of the challenges we face in educating the next generation of Northern California's leaders, as well as a strong belief in the power of collaboration across educational programs and systems.  I am passionate about creating a college-going culture in my home region of Napa and Solano counties, and see my role as being inclusive of any programming that supports the high school to CSU/ college route for our local students. 

Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me if I can be of any assistance to you.  Some of the ways I currently work with our local schools are listed below. 

Contact information:

ekociolek@csum.edu or (707) 654-1288


Ways that our office can help your school:

Connecting you with college readiness focused, Common Core aligned professional development in math and English.

Assisting students and parents with navigating the particulars of college readiness requirements at the CSU campus of their choice and our partnering California Community Colleges, such as Solano College.

Having CSU students present in your classroom on the topics of college readiness and/ or the high school to college transition.

Advising on the adoption and implementation of the Expository Reading & Writing Course as a full-year 12th grade course and with 7th-11th grade modules.

Presenting CSU readiness information at Senior Nights, PTA Meetings, College Fairs, etc.

Working with in-school academies and specialized programs to help students become college-ready.

Connecting students with academic mentoring at select locations to assist them in preparing for college math and English.

Assisting counselors and teachers in identifying and implementing appropriate senior year instruction for students who need additional support in their pathway to college.

Supporting teachers in grades 6-9 in efforts to promote an early pathway to college readiness through the CSU "How to Get to College" initiative and "College: Making it Happen!" nights.

Other ideas/ programming as proposed by YOU, our local educators.  Let us know how we can support you, your colleagues, and your students!


EAP Resources for High School Teachers:

EAP Spring 2015 Newsletter - news on the latest EAP happenings for educators and administrators

School Presentation for 11th Graders - 2015 - presentation for local high school juniors discussing the benefits of EAP 

Expository Reading and Writing Course - A task force of high school and CSU faculty has developed the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), a full-year college preparatory English course for high school juniors or seniors. The ERWC aligns with the California Common Core State Standards, addresses critical reading and writing problems identified by the CSU English Placement Test Committee, and prepares students to meet the expectations of college and university faculty.  The ERWC qualifies as a Senior Experience for Conditionally Exempt English students, and meets the area "b" requirement for both CSU and UC preparation.

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.

To register for an upcoming ERWC workshop series in your area, please visit RegOnline.