New Research on the Impact of AB 705


For too long, talented California students were trapped in a downward spiral of remedial education courses from which they’d never emerge. Community colleges largely relied on ineffective standardized tests that placed more than 75 percent of incoming students into lengthy remedial course sequences, where few ever reached transfer-level courses or achieved their college goals. But thanks to Assembly Bill 705, California’s community colleges are ushering in a new era of placing students into courses where they are most likely to succeed.

Today, the Campaign for College Opportunity in partnership with the California Acceleration Project released a regional progress report, “Getting There: Are California Colleges Maximizing Student Completion of Transfer-Level Math and English?” that looks at how well California’s community colleges are implementing AB 705.

The report looks at 47 colleges in Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, and the Central Valley, and finds that AB 705 has catalyzed tremendous changes in community college course offerings. Between 2018 and 2019, colleges have doubled the proportion of transfer-level courses they are offering. Read more