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California’s Early Assessment Program and the Transition to College

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is an academic preparation program developed jointly by the California Department of Education (CDE), the California State Board of Education, and the California State University (CSU). The purpose of the program, now in its eighth year, is to bridge the gap between K-12 educational standards in English and mathematics and the requirements and expectations of postsecondary education at the CSU. Has the EAP led to an improvement in college preparation among California high school students?

In this seminar, we present new results from a statewide study of the impact of the EAP on both student and school outcomes. We discuss how schools have responded to the EAP, given the voluntary nature of the program, and present findings from a new study evaluating the effect of the EAP on students’ likelihood for remediation once they arrive at a CSU campus.


  • Michal Kurlaender, Professor of Education Policy, University of California, Davis