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California State University (CSU) System

Policy Status and Authority
Sectors with a multiple measures policy: 4 Year Sector
Policy Status: In Place
The policy is based on (statute, regulation and/or system policy):

System Policy in partnership with the State Board of Education and State Department of Education

When the policy was first adopted: 2003; program launched in 2004
Is the policy mandatory or optional? Mandatory
Do the measures vary or are they uniform across campuses?

Uniform

Do the measures vary or are they uniform across degrees/pathways?

Uniform

What subjects are using multiple measures for placement?
  • reading
  • writing
  • math
Measures Included in the Policy
Measures required to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests Early Assessment Program (EAP) Test; ACT, SAT or AP Tests; English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Placement Test
High School Achievement Measures Senior year English and math course grades are used to determine if a student is exempt from placement testing if s/he is rated as “conditionally ready” based on the EAP.
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
Measures optional or recommended to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests None
High School Achievement Measures None
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays None
If a statewide high school standards-based assessment is included, is it aligned to the Common Core?

Yes; the EAP uses the Smarter Balanced test administered to 11 grade high school students

Were cut scores for the measures determined by the system or state?

Yes

The placement process using these measures:
  • Students may be exempt from the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) placement tests through the Early Assessment Program (EAP), a test for 11th grade students.
  • If the EAP does not exempt them from placement testing, student SAT, ACT and AP test scores will be considered. Previous college course work also provides an exemption.
Multiple measures policy documents: