Entries for 'AB705'

June 2022  

This report analyzes the AB705 improvement plans that California community colleges submitted to the state Chancellor's Office outlining their plans for reaching full implementation of the law by Fall 2022.

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May 2022  

This short article features interviews with two math deans at colleges that have improved student completion and equity by eliminating or dramatically reducing pre-transfer classes. The deans discuss the financial costs associated with these changes.

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April 2022  

Two key letters have been submitted to the Assembly Higher Education committee in support of AB1705, the followup legislation to 2017's transformative AB705 (Irwin). The first letter is from student groups and organizations committed to civil rights and student success. The second was signed by over 90 community college faculty, administrators, staff, and researchers. Both are posted here.

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March 2022  

This webinar digs into recent research on the impact of AB 705 and related reforms on equity, STEM, and longitudinal outcomes, such as graduation rates and wage earning, with particular attention to the implications of colleges continuing to enroll students in pre-transfer-level math.


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February 2022  

This special issue of the CAPacity Gazette focuses on what faculty and administrative leaders are doing at colleges that had especially strong results in the first year of AB 705 implementation. CAP researchers interviewed 63 leaders at 16 California community colleges, focusing especially on colleges where transfer-level completion rates are in the top 25% of the state and where Black and Latinx students are equitably represented in that completion.

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October 2021  

English language learners can bring many strengths to the college composition classroom, as well as learning needs that many faculty feel ill-equipped to support. In this interactive session, experienced instructors of college composition for non-native English speakers share some of their best practices, strategies, and materials for working with this population.

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Areas of Impact > Teaching

October 2021  

This report analyzes 114 placement validation reports that CA community colleges submitted to the state Chancellor's Office to determine 1) whether colleges could identify a group of students for whom beginning in a remedial course meets the standards of AB 705, and 2) whether colleges' placement practices are having a disproportionate impact on Black and Latinx students.

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Areas of Impact > Placement Reform

February 2021  

This simple, one-page resource outlines transfer-level alternatives to Intermediate Algebra for associate degree and career education students, along with B-STEM-directed students who have not passed Algebra 2. 


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February 2021  

This resource provides a one-page, simple checklist California community colleges can use to further increase student completion and equity under AB 705. 


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February 2021  

The fifth issue of the California Acceleration Project's newsletter includes:

  • Highlights from three recent research studies on AB 705
  • Grading for equity
  • Growth in SLAM and B-STEM Pathways
  • Profiles of successful corequisite students 
  • Humanizing online education
  • Supporting English language learners in online composition
  • CAP spring webinar series on addressing inequity in our classrooms

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December 2020  

Report by the California Acceleration Project and Public Advocates examines the second year of implementation of Assembly Bill 705, landmark legislation overhauling English and math remediation across California's 116 community colleges. The report highlights the huge promise of the legislation but notes that many students are left out of the reforms, especially Black and Latinx students. 


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September 2020  

This webinar features researchers from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and the Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP) co-presenting on the landscape of English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in the California Community College system, with a focus on the variations in ESL pathways statewide and an exploration of pathways that help maximize throughput for different ESL student groups.


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December 2019  

Statewide analysis of community college course schedules to assess the extent to which colleges are meeting the AB 705 standard of maximizing student completion of transferable English and math requirements.


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September 2019  

A new law, Assembly Bill 705 (Irwin), is driving dramatic changes in how California Community Colleges place students into English and math courses. B...

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April 2019  

A set of resources to support colleges to implement AB 705 in ways that produce the greatest gains in student completion and equity. 


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February 2019  

The first issue of CAP's newsletter features early results and student profiles from California community colleges that are ahead of schedule in implementing AB 705 reforms.


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