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    Grading LBUSD

    See Percentage of LB Grads, Sorted By LB High Schools, Rated Unprepared For College By CSU

    (Sept. 6, 2003) -- What percentage of students graduating from a LBUSD high school does California State University (CSU) rate as unprepared for its college work?

    CSU requires that new students be tested in English and mathematics to determine if they're prepared for college work. If they're not exempt by having scored well on other tests or completing other courses, they either pass the tests or end up in remediation courses or activities.

    The CSU web site says if at least five students from a CA high school enroll at CSU as regularly-admitted first-time freshmen in fall 2002, it has data indicating the percentage of students from that high school not proficient in mathematics and English (and other data, see web page link below.) CSU posts comparable data for all new students from CA schools.

    In the public interest, posts data below (available on CSU's web site) for new CSU admittees in 2001 from LBUSD high schools, along with a few others.

    The statewide proficient percentage for math was 48%.

    The statewide proficient percentage for English was 47%.

    SchoolPercentage not proficient
    CA Acad Math-Sci/Math13%
    CA Acad Math-Sch/Engl13%
    St. Anthony-Math65%
    St. Anthony-Engl58%
    * The percent proficient is calculated by dividing the sum of the number of exempt plus the number scoring 550 or above by the sum of the number exempt plus the number tested.

    We also provide the following background information from the CSU web site:

    English Placement Text

    [From APR pages]

    The EPT is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of entering undergraduate students so that they can be placed in appropriate baccalaureate courses. Those undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills will be enrolled in courses or programs designed to help them attain these skills. The test is not a condition for admission to the CSU, but it is a condition of enrollment. Students may take the EPT only once. It may not be repeated. There is no charge to take the EPT...

    The CSU English Placement Test (EPT) must be completed by all entering undergraduates, with the exception of those who present proof of one of the following:

  • A score of 550 or above on the verbal section of the College Board SAT I: Reasoning Test taken April 1995 or after
  • A score of 24 or above on the enhanced ACT English Test taken October 1989 or later
  • A score of 680 or above on the and adjusted College Board SAT II: Writing Test taken May 1998 or after
  • A score of 3, 4, or 5 on either the Language and Composition or Literature and Composition examination of the College Board Advanced Placement Program
  • Completion and transfer to the CSU of a college course that satisfies the General Education-Breadth requirement or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum requirement in English Composition, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better...


    Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Exam - The ELM examination tests for entry level mathematics skills acquired through three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics course work (normally Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry). All undergraduate students must take the test or be exempt from it prior to placement in appropriate university mathematics course work. Specific policies regarding re-testing and placement will be determined by the campus.

    Exemptions from the test are given only to those students who can present proof of one of the following:

  • A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT I Reasoning test or on the College Board SAT II Mathematics Tests Level I, IC (Calculator), II, or IIC (Calculator).
  • A score of 23 or above on the American College Testing Mathematics Test. A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement mathematics examination (AB or BC).
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination.
  • Completion and transfer of a course that satisfies the General Education-Breadth or
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) quantitative reasoning, provided such course was completed with a grade of C or better.

    ...One important fact to remember is that the range of scores for the Modified ELM test is 0-80 [passing is 50], whereas the range for the old test is 100-700.

  • Detailed data can be found at CSU proficiency data.

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