AB 1985, as amended, Williams. Advanced Placement credit.
Existing law requires the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, the Regents of the University of California, and the Trustees of the California State University, with appropriate consultation with the Academic Senates of the respective segments, to jointly develop, maintain, and disseminate a shared core curriculum in general education courses for the purposes of transfer.
begin delete wouldend delete require the office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to begin delete develop,end delete and each community college district to begin delete adopt,end delete a uniform policy to award a pupil who passes an Advanced Placement examination course credit for certain requirements in a course with subject matter similar to that of the Advanced Placement examination. The bill would require each community college campus to post the most recent policy on its Internet Web site. If a policy is not implemented for the entering class in the fall 2017 academic term, the bill would require the California
Community Colleges to adopt and implement, commencing with the 2017-18 academic year, the Advanced Placement policy adopted by the California State University.
To the extent that this bill would impose new duties on community college districts, it would constitute a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
The Legislature finds and declares all of the
3(a) It is the intent of the Legislature to establish a uniform
4Advanced Placement (AP) credit policy for general education
5within the California Community Colleges. It is the intent of the
6Legislature that the Chancellor of the California Community
7Colleges, in collaboration with the Academic Senate for the
8California Community Colleges, consider, when adopting the
9uniform policy, granting course credit to a pupil who passes an
10Advanced Placement examination with a minimum score of three.
11(b) Studies consistently find that
pupils who earn AP exam
12scores of three and higher are likely to demonstrate multiple
13measures of college success.
14(c) The lack of a uniform AP credit policy often serves as an
15academic and financial barrier for students enrolling in California
16Community Colleges and is a transfer obstacle for many pupils.
Article 9 (commencing with Section 79500) is added
18to Chapter 9 of Part 48 of Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education
19Code, to read:
(a) The office of the Chancellor of the California
4Community Colleges shall, in collaboration with the Academic
5Senate for California Community Colleges, do both of the
begin deleteDevelop, and each community college district shall adopt a uniform policy to
8and implement, commencing with the entering class in the fall
92016 academic term, end delete
12award a pupil who passes an Advanced Placement examination
13course credit for California Intersegmental General Education
14Transfer Curriculum, California State University General Education
15Breadth, or local community college general education
16requirements, as appropriate for the pupil’s needs, in a course with
17subject matter similar to that of the Advanced Placement
19(2) Periodically review and adjust the policy adopted pursuant
20to subdivision (a) to align it with policies of other public
21postsecondary educational institutions.
22(b) If the policy to be adopted pursuant to subdivision (a) is not
23implemented for the entering class in the fall 2017 academic term,
24the California Community Colleges shall adopt and implement,
25commencing with the 2017-18 academic year, the Advanced
26Placement policy adopted by the California State University.
27(c) Each community college campus shall post on
begin delete itend delete Internet
28Web site the most recent policy adopted pursuant to this section.
If the Commission on State Mandates determines that
30this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to
31local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made
32pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division
334 of Title 2 of the Government Code.