Amended in Assembly April 6, 2015

Amended in Assembly March 19, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 770

Introduced by Assembly Member Irwin

February 25, 2015

An act to add Part 54 (commencing with Section 88800) to Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to community colleges.


AB 770, as amended, Irwin. Community colleges: basic skillsbegin delete andend delete innovationbegin delete strategies.end deletebegin insert program.end insert

Existing law establishes the California Community Colleges, under the administration of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, as one of the segments of public postsecondary education in this state. Existing law authorizes the establishment of community college districts under the administration of community college governing boards, and authorizes these districts to provide instruction at community college campuses throughout the state.

This bill would establish a financial grant and professional development funding program, which would authorize the governing board of a community college district to apply to the chancellor forbegin delete fundsend deletebegin insert multiyear financial grants and professional development funding upon appropriation of funds for that purpose,end insert forbegin delete purposes ofend delete community colleges within the districtbegin delete adoptingend deletebegin insert to adoptend insert orbegin delete expandingend deletebegin insert expandend insert the use of evidence-based models of academic assessment and placement, remediation, and student support that accelerate the progress of underprepared students toward achieving postsecondary educational and career goals.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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The Legislature finds and declares all of the

3(a) Over 70 percent of students enrolling, for the first time, in
4courses offered by campuses of the California Community Colleges
5are classified as underprepared for college-level work and in need
6of remediation.

7(b) National research has found that, regardless of incoming
8preparation levels, the more semesters of remediation students are
9required to take, the less likely those students are to complete
10college-level English and mathematics courses, which are gateway
11courses to most postsecondary degree and credential programs,
12and for transfer to four-year postsecondary institutions.

13(c) Research in California has demonstrated that relatively few
14students who enter remediation ultimately attain a postsecondary
15degree, credential, or transfer to a four-year institution, and that
16students of color are disproportionately affected.

17(d) Drawing on national initiatives aimed at increasing student
18completion of college-level English and mathematics courses,
19efforts in California have demonstrated the success of innovative
20ways to deliver English and mathematics remediation.

21(e) In those pilot efforts, students’ odds of completing
22college-level English courses more than double, and their odds of
23completing college-level mathematics courses are more than four
24times higher in comparison to students in traditional remediation.
25However, at most community college campuses, these new
26approaches are offered on a small scale and are not available to
27most students.


SEC. 2.  

Part 54 (commencing with Section 88800) is added to
29Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education Code, to read:


P3    1PART 54.  Community Colleges Basic Skills
2Innovation Program



4Chapter  1. General Provisions




A financial grant and professional development funding
7program, administered by the chancellor, is hereby established.
8The chancellor shall distribute multiyear financial grants and
9professional development funding, upon appropriation by the
10Legislature for this purpose, to the governing board of a community
11college district that applies and satisfies the requirements of this
12part. Moneys allocated pursuant to this program shall be expended
13for community colleges within the district to adopt or expand the
14use of evidence-based models of academic assessment and
15placement, remediation, and student support that accelerate the
16progress of underprepared studentsbegin delete towardsend deletebegin insert towardend insert achieving
17postsecondary educational and career goals.



(a) The governing board of a community college district
19may apply for funds pursuant to this part for the purpose of making
20more effective, evidence-based practices available to significantly
21more underprepared students who enroll at campuses of the
22California Community Colleges. A community college within the
23district may receive funds for purposes of implementing these
24evidence-based practices for the first time or expanding
25evidence-based practices that are in effect as of the date of the
26district’s application for funds.

27(b) The evidence-based strategies implemented or expanded
28pursuant to subdivision (a) shall include innovative basic skills
29improvement strategies that have demonstrated effectiveness in
30accelerating the progress of underprepared students toward, and
31increasing the number of underprepared students who successfully
32achieve, one or more of the following goals:

33(1) Completing a college-level English or mathematics course,
34or both, withinbegin delete three semesters after initial enrollment at a
35participating community college.end delete
begin insert a three-course sequence or less.end insert

36(2) Earning eight units applicable to a college certificate or

38(3) Earning a college certificate or degree approved by the
39California Community Colleges.

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(a) In order to receive a grant, the governing board of
2a community college district shall demonstrate in its application
3for funding that the community colleges that are to participate in
4the grant program will redesign their curriculum, career pathways,
5assessment and placement procedures, or any combination thereof,
6to implement, or expand the use or application of, one or more of
7the following practices and principles:

8(1) Adopting placement tests and related policies that include
9multiple measures of student performance, including grades in
10high schoolbegin delete coursesend deletebegin insert courses, especially overall grade point
11average,end insert
and input from counselors.

12(2) Increasing the placement of students directly in gateway
13English and mathematics courses and career pathways
14supplemented by remediation.

15(3) Aligning content in remedial courses with the students’
16programs of academicbegin insert or vocationalend insert study to target students’ actual

18(4) begin deleteTo the extent possible, ensuring that underprepared students
19complete college-level English or mathematics courses, or both,
20within a two-course sequence. end delete
begin insertCompleting a college-level English
21or mathematics course, or both, within a three-course sequence
22or less. end insert
Students pursuing mathematics-intensive courses of study
23may require a longer sequence of mathematics coursework.

24(5) Contextualizing remedial instruction in foundational skills
25for the industry cluster, pathways, or both, in which the student
26seeks to advance.

27(6) Providing proactive student support services that are
28integrated with the instruction provided.

29(b) Each participating community college shall be responsible
30for all of the following:

31(1) Developing a plan based on one or more of the
32evidence-based principles and practices described in subdivision
33(a) that demonstrates a clear strategy for ensuring that all of the
34following occur within abegin delete 5-yearend deletebegin insert five-yearend insert period:

35(A) A significant share of the underprepared students who enroll
36at participating communitybegin delete colleges’end deletebegin insert collegesend insert within the
37community college district achieve one or more of the three goals
38listed in subdivision (b) of Section 88805.

39(B) Underprepared students who are enrolled at the community
40college achieve the goals listed in subdivision (b) of Section 88805
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2part at the community college.

3(2) Ensuring that its faculty participate in professional
4development regarding academic programs or new curriculum
5developed or expanded pursuant to this part, using grant funds to
6support that faculty participation.

7(3) Annually reporting to the chancellor’s office on program
8outcomes, disaggregated by demographic characteristics of its
9students, for purposes of measuring progress compared to the
10community college’s performance before its implementation of
11this part. These reports should include all of the following:

12(A) The number and percentage of underprepared students
13served by the grant program.

14(B) The number and percentages of these underprepared students
15achieving each of the three goals listed in subdivision (b) of Section

17(C) The number of faculty involved and faculty needs regarding
18the innovation and operation of courses pursuant to this part.

19(c) The chancellor’s office shall be responsible for all of the

21(1) Administering the grant program, and distributing and
22monitoring awards to recipient community college districts.

23(2) Developing application criteria, administrative guidelines,
24and other requirements for purposes of administering the grant

26(3) (A) Aggregating, analyzing, and reporting annually the
27information submitted pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision
28(b) to the Legislature on the progress of the grant program in
29achieving its prescribed purpose.

30(B) A report to be submitted pursuant to this paragraph shall be
31submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government