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INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Block

FEBRUARY 17, 2011

An act to add Section 78219 to the Education Code, relating to
community colleges.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 743, as introduced, Block. Community colleges: student
assessments: California Community Colleges: common assessment system.

Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under
the administration of the Board of Governors of the California
Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public postsecondary
education in this state.
The Seymour-Campbell Matriculation Act of 1986 requires,
contingent on the appropriation of funds for the purposes of the act,
matriculation services to be made available by the colleges. The act
requires those services to include assessment and counseling upon
enrollment, including administration of assessment instruments to
determine student competency in computational and language skills.
This bill would require the board to establish a common assessment
system with specified objectives, that seeks to create a centrally
delivered system of student assessment to be used as one of multiple
measures, consistent with specified law, for the purposes of
community college placement and advisement.
The bill would require the Office of the Chancellor of the
California Community Colleges to work in collaboration with the State
Department of Education and the California State University when
developing a common college-readiness standard that will be reflected
in the creation of common assessment instruments to align the state'
s college-readiness standards toward future common state standards.
The bill would require the Office of the Chancellor of the
California Community Colleges to submit a report to the Legislature
and the Governor on the progress of implementation of the common
assessment system by December 31, 2012.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. Section 78219 is added to the Education Code, to read:
78219. (a) The Board of Governors of the California Community
Colleges shall establish a common assessment system to be used as one
of multiple measures, consistent with existing regulations, for the
purposes of community college placement and advisement. The system
shall include all of the following objectives:
(1) Creation of a centrally delivered system of student assessment
that provides a single common assessment instrument for use by
community colleges in the curriculum areas of English, mathematics,
and English as a second language.
(2) Creation of a secure, centrally housed assessment test data
warehouse that shall collect both of the following:
(A) All available assessment scores generated by assessed students
at all participating community colleges.
(B) All available K-12 assessment data and transcript information
for students at all participating community colleges. The use of this
data shall be limited to placing and advising community college
students to enhance their success with and completion of their
postsecondary education objectives.
(3) Creation of an Internet Web portal that can be accessed by
community college personnel and students and that provides all of the
following:
(A) An assessment profile, generated for each student upon
request, which includes all assessment information available in the
data warehouse created pursuant to paragraph (2). This profile shall
be accessible for counseling, matriculation, and course placement
purposes.
(B) A pretest application that emulates the structure of the
student assessment created pursuant to paragraph (1) that students
can practice on and familiarize themselves with before taking future
assessments.
(C) An advisement tool that provides students with information
about the importance of taking the common assessment to be placed in
college-level courses in English, mathematics, or English as a second
language and the historical success rates of students who place in
various levels of remedial coursework.
(b) In developing the common assessment, the Office of the
Chancellor of the California Community Colleges shall work in
collaboration with the State Department of Education and the
California State University when developing a common
college-readiness standard that will be reflected in the creation of
assessment instruments.
(c) The Office of the Chancellor of the California Community
Colleges shall work with the State Department of Education and the
California State University to move toward alignment of
college-readiness standards and align toward future common core state
standards.
(d) The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges shall
convene an advisory committee established pursuant to subdivision (a)
that includes, but is not limited to, representatives from all of
the following entities:
(1) The Office of the Chancellor of the California Community
Colleges.
(2) The Legislative Analyst's Office.
(3) The Department of Finance.
(4) The State Department of Education.
(5) The California State University.
(6) The Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges.
(7) The Research and Planning Group for California Community
Colleges.
(8) The California Community Colleges Matriculation Professionals
Association.
(e) The Office of the Chancellor of the California Community
Colleges shall submit a report to the Legislature and the Governor on
the progress of the implementation of the common assessment system
by December 31, 2012.