The California Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed new legislation to advance remedial education reform in the California community college system.
The law, passed by Assembly Bill 1705, in 2017, created a law requiring community colleges to first take remedial English or math courses without considering students’ high school GPA and coursework and without determining the “chances of success” of the classes they earn. Prevents being needed. Transferable college credit.
Colleges are lagging behind in implementing the previous law, Assembly Bill 705, so the new bill emphasizes that colleges must enroll students in math and English classes where they are most likely to meet transfer requirements. It prohibits colleges from repeating high school mathematics and English classes, among other measures to enroll more students in the credit-bearing coursework.
“Remedial classes cost students time and money and don’t get close to their goal,” said Jasmine Prasad, vice president of legislative affairs for the Senate, a California Community College student, in a press release. “AB 1705 will help more students achieve their academic and career goals without being delayed or derailed by remedial courses.”
The bill, which is now heading to the State Senate, has the support of Prasad’s organization, as well as the Chancellor’s Office of California Community College and the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center.
“AB 1705 is an opportunity to tackle placement practices that have historically excluded thousands of students of color,” Adrian Trinidad, assistant director of community college partnerships at the USC Race and Equity Center, said in a press release. “In order to ethnically equip our community colleges, we need to maintain a status quo that frames students of color as incapable of success.”