PACE Event

California’s Early Assessment Program

Assessing Intended and Unintended Consequences

Michal Kurlaender and Jacob Jackson present research following up on their statewide evaluation of California’s Early Assessment Program (EAP), an academic preparation program developed jointly by the California Department of Education, the California State Board of Education, and the California State University and implemented in 2004. The goals of the EAP are to bridge the gap between K-12 educational standards in English and mathematics and the requirements and expectations of postsecondary education.

In this seminar, Kurlaender and Jackson present new findings on EAP effects at California Community Colleges, which began adopting the EAP assessments in 2010. In addition, they present new research on the effects of the EAP assessment on math course-taking in the 12th-grade year, and finally, on the possible unintended consequences of the EAP on sorting in college enrollment.


  • Michal Kurlaender, Professor of Education Policy, University of California, Davis
  • Jacob Jackson, Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California