AB 705: The Law & Your Rights

WHAT IS AB 705?

AB 705 is a law that requires California community colleges to maximize the probability that a student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and math within a one year timeframe.

Colleges must place students into English and math courses using one or more of the following:

“Students of color are particularly likely to drop out, in part because they are disproportionately placed into remedial classes. This can add years to their course load and reduces their chances of completing college”
Sacramento Bee, 8/19/17

  • high school coursework
  • high school grades
  • high school grade point average. 

Under the new law, you cannot be denied entry into a transfer-level math and English class unless the college can prove that you are highly unlikely to succeed.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR STUDENTS?

Many students are placed into math and English based solely on the results of their placement test. With the new law, students are no longer burdened to prove they belong in transfer-level courses. Instead, colleges must place students into transfer-level courses unless they can prove students are highly unlikely to succeed.

You can now exercise your right to use multiple measures to determine your placement at a community college.

WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF MULTIPLE MEASURES? 

  • High school or college transcripts
  • Highest level of coursework completed in a subject area and corresponding course grade
  • Attitude surveys
  • Vocational or career aptitude interest inventories
  • Specialized certificates or licenses
  • Education and employment histories
  • Military training and experience
  • Interviews
  • Holistic scoring processes

WHY IS AB 705 IMPORTANT?

AB 705 is important because students have often been held back by the placement test, becoming stuck in sequences that statistically ensure failure to transfer to higher institutions.

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