Frequently Asked Questions

What are Smarter Balanced and CAASP?

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia developed the assessments to be used by member states. California has renamed the new testing system California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), formerly known as STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting).

What is Content Readiness?

English Language Arts/Literacy

Students who perform at the College Content-Ready level in English language arts/literacy demonstrate reading, writing, listening, and research skills necessary for introductory courses in a variety of disciplines. They also demonstrate subject-area knowledge and skills associated with readiness for entry-level, transferable, credit-bearing English and composition courses.

Mathematics

Students who perform at the College Content-Ready level in mathematics demonstrate foundational mathematical knowledge and quantitative reasoning skills necessary for introductory courses in a variety of disciplines. They also demonstrate subject-area knowledge and skills associated with readiness for entry-level, transferable, credit-bearing mathematics and statistics courses.

What do my results mean?

Level 1
  • Not Yet Content-Ready – Substantial Support Needed
  • K-12 & higher education may offer interventions
Level 2
  • Not Yet Content Ready – Support Needed
  • Transition courses or other supports for Grade 12, retesting option for states
Level 3
  • Conditionally Content-Ready/Exempt from Developmental
  • In each state, K-12 and higher ed must jointly develop Grade 12 requirements for students to earn exemption
Level 4
  • Content-Ready/Exempt from Developmental
  • K-12 and higher education may jointly set Grade 12 requirements to retain exemption (optional for states)

Note: Applies only to students who matriculate directly from high school to college ​​

What is the difference between “college prepared” and “college ready”?

College prepared means having taken all the courses in high school to meet the minimum CSU admission requirements. However, being admitted to a college does not mean you will automatically be able to participate in college-level coursework once you are enrolled, unless you are considered college ready. College ready means demonstrating that you are ready for college-level coursework in math and English through qualifying standardized test scores on the SAT, ACT, AP, IB, SBAC, or the CSU ELM and EPT exams. 

What does it mean to be College Ready in English?

If your EAP English status is “College Ready” then you have met the CSU EPT requirement and are ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level English courses. You are ready to enroll in for-credit English courses at the CSU! 

What does it mean to be College Ready in Math?

If your EAP Math Status is "College Ready” then you have met the CSU ELM requirement and are ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level mathematics courses. You are ready to enroll in for-credit math courses at the CSU!

What scores do I need on the SAT or ACT to be considered college ready?

For the SAT you need a 550 or above in Math and a 500 or above in English.
For the ACT you need a 23 or above in Math and a 22 or above in English.

What is the new college ready assessment?

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is an assessment aligned with the Common Core State Standards that measures student achievement and growth toward college- and career- readiness.

What are the benefits of participating in this new assessment?

Smarter Balanced will give parents and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning and provide better information about the needs and successes of individual students. This gives parents, students, and teachers a clearer window on whether students are on track to graduate high school, ready for college and the workplace.

If I received an EAP status of “Conditional” in math and/or English, how do I know what course I should be in my senior year?

Conditional in Math: www.csusuccess.org/conditionally_exempt
Conditional in English: www.csusuccess.org/conditional_esw

EAP Transition FAQs

www.calstate.edu/eap/transition-faq.shtml