Amended in Senate August 1, 2016

Amended in Senate June 22, 2016

Amended in Assembly April 21, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1985


Introduced by Assembly Member Williams

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Dodd, Gallagher, Lackey, and Steinorth)

February 16, 2016


An act to add Article 9 (commencing with Section 79500) to Chapter 9 of Part 48 of Division 7 of Title 3 of the Education Code, relating to Advanced Placement credit.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

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.

This billbegin delete wouldend deletebegin insert would, commencing January 1, 2017,end insert require the office of the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges tobegin delete develop,end deletebegin insert begin development of,end insert and begin insertwould require end inserteach community college districtbegin insert subsequentlyend insert tobegin delete adopt,end deletebegin insert begin adoption and implementation of,end insert 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:

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SECTION 1.  

The Legislature finds and declares all of the
2following:

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.

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SEC. 2.  

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:

 

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79500.  

(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
6following:

7(1) begin deleteDevelop, and each community college district shall adopt
8and implement, commencing with the entering class in the fall
92016 academic term, end delete
begin insertCommencing January 1, 2017, begin
10development of, and each community college district subsequently
11shall begin adoption and implementation of, end insert
a uniform policy to
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
18examination.

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 onbegin delete itend deletebegin insert itsend insert Internet
28Web site the most recent policy adopted pursuant to this section.

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SEC. 3.  

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.



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