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Education study receives $1.8 million grant


A Sacramento State, UC Davis and University of Minnesota study that examines the readiness of high school students for the college classroom has received $1.8 million in federal funding.

Sacramento State Economics Professor Jessica Howell, UC Davis Education Professor Michal Kurlaender and UM Sociology Professor Eric Grodsky received the funds through the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to study the impact of California's Early Assessment Program (EAP) on academic preparation for college.

The EAP is a statewide program that seeks to improve how prepared high school graduates are for college English and mathematics courses. One facet of EAP identifies deficiencies in these areas when students are high school juniors so that students have time to address them while still in high school, says Howell.

Howell says the team's previous research on EAP at Sacramento State shows that, since the EAP began in 2004, there has been a 6 percentage point drop in the probability of students needing remedial English classes and a 4 percentage point drop in the probability of needing remedial math classes among those who participate in the EAP.

That type of decline across the 23-campus CSU system would mean that about 2,000 fewer students would be required to take remedial math and 3,000 fewer would have to take remedial English courses, she says. The new funding will be utilized to study EAP state-wide, including an in-depth transcript study of how California high school students are utilizing their senior year in response to EAP.

For more information on the study, contact Howell at (916) 278-5588. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State's Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.