Twelfth Grade Expository Reading and Writing Course The CSU Expository Reading and Writing Task Force, comprised of members from the CSU as well as K-12 English faculty and curriculum specialists, has developed a series of assignments based on non-fiction texts to use in a 12th grade expository reading and writing course that districts will be able to pilot and adopt. The course is designed to prepare students for college-level English and it is aligned with English-Language Arts Content Standards.
Workshops for Teachers Piloting the Twelfth Grade Expository Reading and Writing Course Modules
County offices of education across the state will be sponsoring workshops for teachers who would like to pilot the modules from the 12th grade expository reading and writing course. English teachers at the twelfth grade level are eligible to pilot. For a schedule of trainings, interested teachers should contact the language arts coordinator in their local county education office.
Focus on English (PDF, 515KB) 5 - "Focus on English" provides information about the entry level English requirement of the CSU. The instrument used to assess the readiness of students admitted as CSU first-time freshmen is the English Placement Test (EPT). This PDF document includes answers to a number of frequently asked questions, samples of questions appearing on the EPT and examples of essays and how they are scored.
The RIAP program is collaboratively sponsored by the California State University system. Channel Islands is excited to be part of a state-wide collaborative consisting of 16 other CSUs. Each Institute follows a similar format.
All workshops are conducted by teachers for teachers using research-based strategies for the teaching of reading and writing in all content areas. Click here to view more.
Mathematics Professional Development
A mathematics committee has been working on developing professional development options for high school mathematics teachers. The committee is working to identify and develop professional development, as needed, utilizing a model similar to English.
Focus on Mathematics (PDF, 1.2MB) - “Focus on Mathematics" provides information about the entry level mathematics requirement of the CSU. The instrument used to assess the readiness of students admitted as CSU first-time freshmen is the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) test. This PDF document includes answers to a number of frequently asked questions and samples of questions appearing on the test.
Mathematical Diagnostic Test Project
The Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project's primary goal is to help California’s teachers prepare students for success in further study of mathematics. The MDTP offers mathematics diagnostic tests with detailed scoring reports to California teachers. Those reports can help identify topics needing more attention for students before taking an EAP test and can also help identify topics needing more attention for seniors whose EAP mathematics results were either conditionally exempt or non-exempt. At any time, students may take MDTP's on-line Mathematical Analysis Readiness Test and receive a detailed score report.
Support for High School Students
Diagnostic Writing Service
The CSU’s Diagnostic Writing Service provides students with a diagnosis of their writing skills, reading and composing tutorials, and information on their progress in learning to read and write at the level required in college classes.
Math Success Website
The CSU Chancellor's office has developed the Math Success Website to help students, parents, high school teachers, and high school counselors learn about the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Requirement and how to meet it.