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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 will reflect 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, additional bubbles to be filled in on student answer sheets, or a separate essay segment.  Logistics of reporting are pending, but 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.


About the EAP Coordinator:

My name is Elaine Kociolek.  I am a Bay Area native and a two-time graduate of UC Davis (B.A. and M.A.).  Prior to taking on this role with the Early Assessment Program, I worked in a number of different roles in the world of education, from classroom teacher, to college admissions counselor, to one-on-one educator for children with autism, to director of a nonprofit youth development program.  While I defer to the in-depth experience and expertise of our local high school educators, my background 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 the EAP office can help your school:

·         Meet with counselors and administrators annually during the fall semester to discuss updates to the Early Assessment Program and other CSU college-going initiatives, such as Early Start.

·         Collaborate with high schools to identify students who should take the EAP exam.

·         Coordinate the timely receipt and interpretation of test score with high schools, students, and counselors.

·         Connect your teachers to CSU professional development programs in English Language Arts (Expository Reading and Writing Course) and Mathematics (Strengthening Mathematics Instruction).

·         Advise on the adoption and implementation of the CSU’s full-year Expository Reading and Writing Course and new 7th-11th grade modules.

·         Assist high school counselors in identifying and implementing appropriate senior year interventions for students needing additional assistance.

·         Consult with students and parents about CSU college readiness.

·         Provide timely information in regards to updates to the Expository Reading and Writing Course curriculum and Early Assessment Program as related to the upcoming Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced assessments.  This includes a bi-annual newsletter and as-needed consultation.

·         Present CSU readiness information at Senior Nights, Parent Nights, and College Fair events.

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

·         Collaborate with other regional college preparatory programs to provide support for college readiness, including hosting College: Making it Happen events for the families of 6th-9th grade students.


EAP Resources for High School Teachers:

Spring 2014 Solano County EAP Newsletter - news on the latest EAP happenings for educators and administrators

School Presentation for 11th Graders - 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.

 Registration for the 2014-15 Napa/ Solano high school ERWC training series is now open via RegOnline.

August 6, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

August 7, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

November 13, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

January 22, 2015, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. 

Registration closes at 8 a.m. on July 28.  All sessions will take place at the Solano County Office of Education in Fairfield.