The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among the State Board of Education (SBE), the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California State University (CSU). The program was established to provide opportunities for students to measure their readiness for college-level English and mathematics in their junior year of high school, and to facilitate opportunities for them to improve their skills during their senior year.
The goal of the EAP program is to have California high school graduates enter the CSU fully prepared to begin college-level study. Juniors in high school who take the CAASPP automatically participate in the EAP. This is one way in which students may become “college ready” as early as their junior year of high school. Being “college ready” means that when students enter college, they are able to enroll in college-level math and English courses without having to complete remediation courses their freshman year.
More than 60 percent of the nearly 40,000 first-time freshmen admitted to the CSU require remedial education in English, mathematics or both. These 25,000 freshmen all have taken the required college preparatory curriculum and earned at least a B grade point average in high school. The cost in time and money to these students and to the state is substantial. Moreover, these students are confused by seemingly having done the right things in high school only to find out after admission to the CSU that they need further preparation.
The diagram below lists four opportunities in which students may achieve college readiness prior to their freshman year.
There are four possible statuses within CAASPP EAP. Each of these statuses may result in additional steps needed to complete before the end of your senior year. Learn more about what each of the statuses represents by visiting: Understanding CAASPP/EAP Results.