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

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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.”

Over 40 school districts currently offer the SAT or the ACT during school to 11th graders free of charge and have seen student success. “At Paramount Unified School District, we are committed to making sure every student has the tools they need to succeed in college and future careers. That’s why we support AB 1951 to make college admissions process easier and more affordable for students and families,” said Dr. Ruth Pérez, Superintendent of Paramount Unified School District.

AB 1951 has the support of a diverse coalition of school districts, superintendents, school board members, teachers and students. A dozen other states use or plan to use a college admissions test to meet state and federal accountability requirements.

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.