California law (Assembly Bill 705) essentially eliminated the use of assessment tests for purposes of determining the placement of students into transfer-level math and English courses in community colleges.
Research shows that California students are far more prepared than assessment tests have acknowledged. A student's high school performance is a much stronger predictor of success in transfer-level courses than standardized placement tests.
AB 705 requires colleges to take into account high school coursework, high school grades, and high school grade point average when determining math and English placement upon enrollment.
For more information, please watch the following video – Know Your Rights: The AB 705 Initiative and What it Means for Students.
Pathways for Course Placement
With Assembly Bill 705, there are two pathways for course placement:
Students who graduated from a United States high school in the last 10 years will receive English and math placements using high school records instead of standardized assessment tests.
For more information, see Placement for Recent High School graduates under English and Math Placement.
Less Recent Graduates
Students who graduated more than 10 years ago, students who have foreign transcripts, and students who left high school without graduating will use a guided self-placement tool to choose the course(s) most suitable for them.
For more information, see Non-GPA Guided Self-Placement under English and Math Placement.
AB 1805 – Placement and Enrollment Outcomes
American River College wants to make sure students are placed fairly, equitably, and accurately in English, math, statistics, and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. As part of that effort, we are making placement and enrollment data in these courses available to you.
The data includes the number of new students placed in English, math, statistics, and ESL courses, either with or without support. The information provided also includes the number of students who enrolled in transfer-level courses, transfer-level courses with support, degree-applicable math coursework, and transfer-level ESL courses.
As part of our equity and anti-racism efforts, we have included data by race and ethnicity, so you can see how students from different racial and ethnic groups placed and where they enrolled.