Community Colleges Will Soon Shift Away From Placement Tests

A 2017 bill is expected to be widely implemented this fall across all California community colleges.

Assembly Bill 705 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on October 13, 2017. The law prohibits California community colleges from using placement tests to determine eligibility for prerequisite courses.

“We should see a reduction in ‘time to completion’ for the majority of community college students, as well as a significant closure of achievement gaps for underrepresented students,” says Alice Perez, a spokesperson for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. “We will achieve core goals in the Vision for Success, which Chancellor Eloy Oakley refers to as ‘the Civil Rights call of our time.’”

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