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Understanding AB 705

The requirements for Assessment Exams have changed. Beginning with Fall 2019 enrollment, assessment testing will no longer be required for students to be placed into English and math courses.*


The passage of Assembly Bill 705 (AB 705) by the state of California has created a unique and exciting opportunity for incoming community college students. The intent of AB 705 is to maximize the probability that students will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in math and English in a one-year timeframe. This means that beginning Fall 2019, many students will be eligible to enroll directly into transfer-level math or English classes, or into transfer-level math or English courses with additional support.

Students enrolling in the Fall 2019 semester at LACC will no longer be required to take an assessment test in order to be placed into a math or English course. Instead, students will be placed on a math or English pathway based on multiple measures of student success. Specifically, information about the classes a student has taken in high school, the grades received in those classes, and a student’s overall high school GPA will be the primary criteria used to determine a student’s likelihood of success in transfer-level math and English course work.

Based on these criteria, students with a lower likelihood of success will be given recommendations for additional support programs and supplemental courses that they can take to improve their chances of completing their transfer-level coursework on time.

*Assessment testing for placement into English as a Second Language (ESL) courses will remain in place through Fall 2020 for students who are not native speakers of English and who have not graduated from an American high school.

Learn more about Assembly Bill 705, and the reasons behind the new placement process

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