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College admissions test preparation pilot projects   

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(a) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall establish college admissions test preparation pilot projects for eligible school districts in accordance with the requirements of this article. The goals of the pilot projects shall include all of the following:

(1) The identification of students from groups underrepresented in admissions to public postsecondary educational institutions eligible to participate in the pilot projects and the development of methods to encourage the participation of these students in the pilot project and the taking of college admissions tests required for admission to public four-year postsecondary educational institutions.

(2) The promotion of test programs, test preparation programs, and related counseling and guidance services and curriculum improvements for participating school districts with low enrollments of students into these institutions.

(3) The identification of methods to increase the direct participation of test sponsors in participating school districts to increase student participation and performance in college admissions tests.

(4) The development of model test preparation programs for dissemination to other school districts in the state.

(b) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall select eligible school districts from school districts submitting applications for participation in college admissions test preparation pilot projects.

The superintendent shall approve college admissions test preparation pilot project grants for school districts which meet at least three of the following criteria:

(1) The applicant has low university enrollment rates.

(2) The applicant has a high concentration of students enrolled in grades 9 and 10 from groups which are underrepresented in admissions to postsecondary educational institutions.

(3) The applicant has historically had a low percentage of college admissions test takers.

(4) The applicant demonstrates its ability to meet the objectives of the pilot projects as demonstrated by the commitment of school district funds or substantial in-kind services to support the pilot project.

(5) The applicant assures that the activities and materials developed under the pilot project are available to all students in the school district.

(c) Pilot projects approved under this section shall be awarded for a three-year grant period. The superintendent may terminate any approved project if it is determined that the pilot project is no longer meeting the requirements of this article. The superintendent shall ensure that approved pilot projects are, insofar as qualifying proposals are submitted, equitably distributed among school districts differing in location and size.

(Added by Stats. 1985, Ch. 1210, Sec. 1.)