Report: Invalid Placement Practices Widespread in CA Community Colleges

Prior to the implementation of AB 705, statewide research showed that student completion was highest when students began in transferable, college-level English and math classes, regardless of their high school GPA. But in order to determine whether these statewide findings applied to colleges’ local populations, the state Chancellor’s Office gave colleges a two-year grace period

Webinar: Curricular Options for Supporting English Learners in College Composition

Since the passage of AB 705, community colleges have implemented different curricular models with the goal of maximizing the rates at which English learners complete transfer-level English composition. This webinar will review these models in detail and provide a comprehensive list of the offerings in place at colleges this fall. The presenters will also share

Webinar: Grappling with Widely Varying Success Rates

What is going on when success rates range from 20 to 100 percent across different sections of the same course? Is it AB 705? Online vs. face-to-face? Student factors like race or high school preparation? Faculty factors like part- vs. full-time status? Something else? Researchers from De Anza College present their investigation into the variability in

Webinar: Grading for Equity

In this interactive session, Joe Feldman, career educator and author of the book Grading for Equity, and Dr. Shantha Smith provide a brief overview of the history of traditional grading and how the continued use of those practices can negatively impact teaching and learning, raise stress, and perpetuate disparities. They introduce a framework for equitable grading and provide

Webinar: Owning Our Data – From Reaction to Action

Examining disaggregated success data for our own courses can bring up feelings of defensiveness, shame, frustration, and hopelessness. Three English faculty from Sacramento City College share how confronting and reflecting on their own data helped them move to concrete, targeted actions that lead to more equitable outcomes.

Alternatives to Below-Transfer Math

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.

Checklist for Strong AB 705 Implementation

This resource provides a simple, one-page checklist California community colleges can use to further increase student completion and equity under AB 705. For pdf with clickable hyperlinks, open the file “PowerMoves” to the right.