Researching AP Uses and Cut Scores

Spring
2007
Resolution Number: 
09.06
Contact: 
Category: 
Curriculum
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, Recent discussions have occurred among some faculty and staff from California State Universities (CSU) and the University of California (UC) Office of the President, with limited participation of California community college counselors, about the appropriate scores for Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, resulting in a possible revision of the 1997 California State University GE Breadth AP matrix and the proposed CSU AP matrix, although these discussions have not fully involved the discipline faculty who should determine the appropriate scores applicable to courses in their disciplines and who are responsible for admission standards;

Whereas, AP scores used for General Education credit and for advanced standing in a discipline should ideally be consistent between UC and CSU and among their institutions;

Whereas, The three segments (CCC, CSU, UC) grant credit for AP examinations in different ways for different purposes, including placement, elective credit, waiver of prerequisites, and major preparation credit, resulting in confusion and complications in course planning for transfer students; and

Whereas, The three segments have not had sufficient time to research, to determine and to validate the most appropriate cut scores for various disciplines;


Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with its Intersegmenal Committee of Academic Senates (ICAS) partners to ensure that it be intersegmental discipline faculty who review the AP cut scores and applicability for their disciplines;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with its ICAS partners to ensure that adequate time is given for research to be conducted for determining the most appropriate cut scores prior to any formal revision and subsequent adoption of the ten-year old matrix; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with its ICAS partners to clarify how AP exam scores are applied to grant unit and/or subject credit for purposes that vary among segments, with the goal of achieving similarity in standards across our institutions and for our students.
MSC Disposition: ICAS, Local Senates

Summary: 
Work with ICAS partners to ensure that it be intersegmental discipline faculty who review the AP cut scores and applicability for their disciplines; that adequate time is given for research to be conducted for determining the most appropriate cut scores; and clarify how AP exam scores are applied to grant unit and/or subject credit for purposes that vary among segments.
Status Report: 

This sentiment was shared with ICAS and the AP equivalencies adopted by the UC and CSU were, presumably, developed in concert with discipline faculty.