For Educators

California State University Placement Standards

Academic Preparation is important for college success at the California State University (CSU). All CSUs use Multiple Measures to determine student placement into general education written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses through the following:

  • Assessment Tests (CAASPP-EAP, ACT, SAT, AP)
  • High school grades (Weighted GPA and Math GPA)
  • High school coursework

CSU's Multiple Measures for Placement


ERWC - CSU's Recommended 11th & 12th Grade ELA Curriculum

The Expository Reading and Writing (ERWC) community has long been known for transforming lives, but today, in the face of unprecedented challenges, we are also being asked to change our very notions of what it means to teach.

The ERWC (Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum) is a college preparatory, rhetoric-based English language arts course for grades 11 and 12 designed to develop academic literacy (advanced proficiency in rhetorical and analytical reading, writing, and thinking). The ERWC also offers curriculum for grades 7-10, with at least four extended modules per grade level.  Modules with designated English Language Development (ELD) are available for grades 9-12.  Learn more here.


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Graduation Initiative 2025

Learn more about the California State University’s ambitious initiative to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps.


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