My turn: Students need the right tests, not more tests

For too many California families, the college application process is expensive and hard to navigate. Fortunately, there’s a solution that would propel more students to be eligible for college admissions.

Giving local school districts the power to choose how students are tested in grade 11 would improve access to college for students of every zip code, ability, and language proficiency level.

O’Donnell’s Pathways to College Act Goes to the Governor

AB 1951 allows school districts to give 11th grade students a college entrance exam instead of state-required assessment

(SACRAMENTO) – Assembly Bill 1951, by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) to provide access to college admissions tests such as the SAT or ACT during the school day, passed the Legislature overwhelmingly and is on the way to the Governor’s desk.

AB 1951, The Pathways to College Act, would allow school districts to offer college admissions exams in lieu of the state-required 11th grade assessment. “AB 1951 is about opening the door to higher education for all California students,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “I urge the Governor to consider the strong support for the bill from students, school board members, superintendents and teachers and give school districts local control in offering a test that will increase the college going rate.”

ANOTHER VIEW: A Better Way To Test

California often leads the nation in innovation, including in our public schools. But in the key area of high school testing, several other states have progressed beyond California when it comes to making these assessments more relevant and meaningful to students and their families.

You're Gonna Need a Bigger Ocean

White sharks are being sighted off the California coast more than ever before. As the species interacts more and more with humans, researchers find themselves in need of more funding—and beachgoers will have to reevaluate their relationship with an animal most famous for its villainous role on the silver screen.

O’Donnell Secures $3.75 Million for Shark Research, Beach Safety

California budget includes funds for CSULB Shark Lab

 

(Sacramento) –The 2018-19 budget approved by the Legislature Thursday includes Assemblymember O’Donnell’s request for funding to research the increased number of shark sightings along the California coast.