Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach), has reintroduced the Pathways to College Act (Assembly Bill 751), which passed through the State Legislature last year without any “no” votes but ultimately was not signed by then Gov. Jerry Brown.
The bill would 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. These tests could be given instead of the state-required assessment in 11th grade.
“This will expand access to college and bridge an equity gap for students to take these exams,” said O’Donnell, a teacher and chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “Providing the SAT or ACT at school for free ensures that all students, especially low-income students, are able to meet an important step required for college admission.”
AB 751 is a reintroduction of last year’s AB 1951, which moved through the State Legislature with strong support from school districts, school boards and students throughout the state. The bill was supported by approximately 150 school district superintendents.
Last year about 1,000 more Long Beach Unified School District students met minimum California State University requirements compared to two years before. That’s largely because so many more of these students had an SAT score than before thanks to LBUSD offering the exam for free during the school day.