The coding for these courses is called the CB 21 code (see Appendix 5 for the definition). This is an MIS (management information systems) descriptive code that should identify where the ESL or basic skills course is aligned within the ultimate pathway to a transferable course. Courses should be coded in a way that shows, for instance, that if a student begin 3 levels below transfer and then successfully passes to the next course, two levels below transfer, that the student has progressed along the pathway. But the coding statewide was inconsistent and incorrect for many colleges. Nearly every college had major inaccuracies.
The coding did not reflect the curriculum; it was inconsistent and in many cases appeared random. The codes could not and would not accurately depict progress because the assignment of these codes was done independently from the curricular purpose and content of those courses. Examples of incorrect coding are seen below. The column to the right identifies the CB 21 coding, which indicates how many levels below transfer level the class is (e.g. 2 equals 2 levels below transfer).
Examples of CB21 Coding in English, ESL and Reading
1. Antelope Valley College has most all ESL courses coded as 4+ even though the course titles clearly indicates progress will occur from ESL 1 to 2 to 3 to 4.
2. Bakersfield College courses also appear not to report student progress with the existing codes. Completing Low-Interim Reading/Vocabulary and High Interim Reading Vocabulary would not result in any record of progress. It is also unclear what the next course, 2 levels below transfer might be.
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