Eleventh Grade Smarter Balanced Assessment Scores Can Impact College Course Placement

posted Apr 13, 2016, 11:29 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Apr 21, 2016, 11:43 AM by Miranda Martin ]

Did you know that 11th grade Smarter Balanced test scores give families and colleges information about college readiness?

  • Smarter Balanced testing is happening across our SFUSD schools over the next few weeks. What does it matter for 11th graders? Your student's score may indicate that your student is ready for placement in college level courses rather than developmental courses at California State Universities (CSU) and California Community Colleges (CCC)
  • Scores also may indicate what courses your student must take in 12th grade to be ready for placement in college level courses
  • ACT, SAT and AP English and Math scores can also qualify students for college level coursework

Why does this matter to families?

  • Students with test scores that qualify them for college level courses are not required to participate in CSU Early Start Program prior to the start of college (exemption from this program saves time and money)
  • Having to take developmental courses in college can delay student graduation
  • Seeing these scores before senior year gives students who are not yet ready for college level courses an opportunity to get ready through course work and/or additional testing

What do I have to do to make sure colleges have this information about my student's college readiness?

  • Make sure your student marks the "release" button when taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment to authorize the release of results to CSU and CCC
  • This information will not impact admissions decisions
  • If your student did not mark the "release" button it's not too late! You can send a copy of the score report directly to schools

How do I see if my child is ready for college level coursework?

  • Look on the back of your student's Smarter Balanced score report and find the section called "Early Assessment Program" (EAP). These reports will be mailed to you by the early fall and possibly will arrive in the summer this year.  They look like this.
  • An EAP status of "STANDARD EXCEEDED" means your student is ready to enroll directly in college level English and/or math courses
  • An EAP status of "STANDARD MET" means your student must complete approved senior year coursework with a grade of "C" or better to enroll in college level English and/or math courses
  • An EAP status of "STANDARD NEARLY MET" or "STANDARD NOT MET" means your student must take additional placement tests to determine readiness for college level courses
  • Need more details?
    • CSU college-level course readiness 
    • CCSF college-level course readiness