Adopt Updated Course Basic (CB) 21 Rubrics for Coding English as a Second Language (ESL) Course Outcomes

Resolution Number
Assigned to
Curriculum Committee
Status Report

2019-2020: Rubrics adopted at Fall Plenary 2019.

Whereas, Accountability efforts, such as those related to AB 705 (Irwin, 2017), AB 1805 (Irwin, 2018), and others, rely on drawing information about students and colleges from coded elements that were not constructed to accurately calculate and align with these current, high-stakes needs;

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, West Ed, and the Research and Planning Group worked on the AB 705 Data Revision Project to create and update Management Information System data elements to more accurately code transfer-level English, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses as well as pre-transfer credit and noncredit courses; and

Whereas, ESL faculty drafted the updated CB21 rubrics using the original rubrics, the federal educational functioning levels currently used by noncredit and adult education practitioners for data reporting purposes for funding and student educational level gains, and results of ESL placement level work developed as part of the Common Assessment Initiative; and

Whereas, Credit, noncredit, and adult education English as a Second Language faculty statewide vetted the Course Basic (CB) 21 rubrics during three September 2019 AB 705 ESL Data Revision Project Recoding Regional Meetings and in response to a survey distributed September 25-October 3, 2019;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges approve the updated CB21 rubric for ESL [1] and endorse its use for coding ESL course levels based on outcomes for local college credit, noncredit, and adult education.


[1] Enlglish as a Second Lanugage Levels by Domain. Sept. 25, 2019 (also attached as appendix)