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Pathways to College Act Moves Forward

The California State Assembly recently passed Assembly Bill 1951, which would allow school districts to offer college admission tests like the SAT to students for free during the school day in lieu of the state-required 11th grade assessment.

The legislation, which was authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D — Long Beach) and is known as the Pathways to College Act, now awaits referral to its first Senate policy committee.

The Long Beach Unified School District already offers the SAT for free during school and has supported the legislation.

“AB 1951 is about opening the door to higher education for all California students,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said.  “As a parent and a teacher, I understand the importance of local choice and flexibility to offer assessments that provide the most college and career benefits to every student, no matter where they are from or how much their parents make.  I am grateful for the overwhelming support we have received for this bill, and I especially want to thank LBUSD Superintendent Chris Steinhauser for his leadership and support of this effort.”

Steinhauser and LBUSD Board of Education President Megan Kerr joined O’Donnell at a Sacramento news conference in February to introduce the legislation.

“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,” Kerr said.

AB 1951 has the support of a diverse coalition of school districts and educators.