Santa Rosa Junior College Responds to Assembly Bill 705

This web space will serve as a hub for orientation, discussion, professional learning, and planning for the implementation of AB705.

AB705 was passed unanimously by the California State legislature and signed into law in October of 2017. It went into effect on January 1, 2018. It is designed to “maximize the probability that a student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and Math within a one year timeframe.” To accomplish this goal, the law mandates a series of changes that must be implemented by fall 2019 to the way we place students in English and Math classes with the goal of:

  • Greatly reducing the number of students being under-placed in long, remedial pathways,
  • Lowering the freshman attrition rate, and
  • Raising the completion rate of transfer level Math and English courses

It intends to accomplish these three things for all students but has a particular equity-minded focus on students of color because they are most likely to be placed into the lowest classes.

While the law is simple to summarize, the size and scope of this reform project could be one of the largest changes to community college education in well over a generation. Your participation is vital. 

Participate in a Learning Forum, AB705: Read, Discuss, Question, Plan