Begun in 2004, the Early Assessment Program (EAP) was developed through a partnership between the California State University (CSU), the California Department of Education, and the California State Board of Education to determine the college readiness of high school students. Students’ performance on the state’s Smarter Balanced tests can be used by the California State University and the California Community College system to exempt students from college placement tests or let students know that they need additional preparation during their senior year. All students participate in EAP by virtue of completing the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Students must authorize the release of their CAASPP (i.e., Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment) results for each assessment to the CSU and CCC systems.