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College Preparation Partnership (CPP)

Prompted by high college remediation rates in California and throughout the country, efforts are underway to develop interventions for students before they get to college. For example, the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) is a grade 12 English course designed to better prepare California students for college-level English coursework through the in-depth study of expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. As of 2017, the ERWC has been adopted by over 950 schools in California, and it has been shown to positively impact students’ English language arts academic achievement. REL West has partnered with a group of college English professors, high school English teachers, and literacy specialists who currently comprise the development team for the ERWC to form the College Preparation Partnership (CPP). Through the CPP, REL West will provide assistance to the ERWC development team to help improve the content and delivery of the course to the tens of thousands of students across California currently enrolled in the course, and inform approaches to expanding access to the course.

Partnership Objectives

The overarching goal of this partnership is to improve high school students’ preparation for college-level coursework in English. To accomplish this goal, the College Preparation Partnership will focus on:

  • Using publicly and privately available data to understand which types of schools are offering the ERWC and which students are enrolling in the course.
  • Providing coaching and analytic support to the ERWC development team to improve the delivery of the course.
  • Informing discussions about how to increase access to the course.


Research on California State University’s Expository Reading and Writing Course. A study is underway to describe the schools approved to offer the course, the students who take the course, and the conditions under which teachers deliver the course.

Support for Research-Based Improvements to the CSU Expository Reading and Writing Course. REL West is assisting the ERWC Steering Committee to interpret and apply information from research to course design, outreach and recruitment of more schools to offer the course, and development of professional learning protocols for more substantial support to teachers.


Partnership members include the California State University’s Center for the Advancement of Reading, California State University English professors, high school English teachers, and literacy specialists.