Assemblymember O’Donnell Stands with Educators and Students to Support the Pathways to College Act to Open Doors to Higher Education

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

AB 751 Provides Secure and Free In-School College Admissions Exams for All Students

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) stood with educators and students in support of AB 751, the Pathways to College Act, which works to open doors to higher education for students by allowing school districts to offer college admissions tests such as the SAT or ACT during the school day at no cost to students. The Pathways to College Act also works to combat college admissions cheating and maintain secure and reliable test environments by administering college admissions exams at school during the school day.

“AB 751 removes obstacles to college attendance for students who may not otherwise have access to the exam or take it on their own. The current scandal makes the case for AB 751 by ensuring all students have access to test preparation and the test is administered in a secure environment. This bill is about equity and opportunity,” said Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, a teacher and Chair of the Assembly Education Committee.

The Pathways to College Act, which will be heard by the Assembly Education Committee today, passed the Legislature last year with no “no” votes and was supported by approximately 150 California superintendents.

Educators from across California joined Assemblymember O’Donnell to voice strong support for AB 751.

Dr. Ruth Pérez, Superintendent of Paramount Unified School District

“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 751 to make college admissions process easier and more affordable for students and families.”

Kent Kern, Superintendent, San Juan Unified School District

“The Pathways to College Act is a win for students -- it would reduce the amount of testing for 11th grade students and give students the opportunity to take the SAT or ACT at no cost, during the school day at their regular school site, creating more postsecondary opportunities. The bill also leaves local school districts to make the decision.”

Megan Kerr, Member, Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education

“By providing local control, AB 751 allows educators to offer college assessment and career resources, better preparing students for college as early as the 8th grade. The Pathways to College Act opens doors for all students to have college and career choices by making college admissions testing more accessible and affordable.”

Support for the Pathways to College Act follows approximately a dozen other states that have used or plan to use a college entrance exam as an alternative assessment to meet state and federal accountability requirements for high school testing.

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

CONTACT: Sophia Kwong Kim, (916) 319-2070