Assemblymember O’Donnell’s Pathways to College Act Passes Senate Education Committee

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AB 751 Provides Secure and Free College Admissions Exams for Students

(Sacramento) – Yesterday, Assembly Bill 751, the Pathways to College Act, authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), passed the Senate Education Committee. AB 751 would allow school districts to offer free college admissions tests, such as the SAT or ACT, to students at no cost during the school day in lieu of the state required 11th grade assessment.

“As a teacher and Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, providing the SAT or ACT at school for free will expand access to college and bridge an equity gap for students to take this exam,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “The current college admissions scandal makes the case for this bill by ensuring all students have access to the test and by providing a safe, secure environment for testing. This is good for students, teachers, parents and for the California economy, and I thank my Senate colleagues for their support.”

AB 751 builds upon successes by the Long Beach Unified School District, which has administered the SAT for four years now and has seen an increase in the District’s college attendance rate.

A broad coalition of organizations representing educators, school board members and students testified in support of AB 751. The bill is now pending in the Senate Appropriations Committee.


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

CONTACT: Matthew Estipona, (916) 319-2070