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English Partnership Programs


RIAP (Reading Institute for Academic Preparation)

The Reading Institutes for Academic Preparation are designed for high school teachers, AVID teachers, administrators, and college instructors.  Participants attend 60 hours of seminars with guest speakers, and they complete approximately 20 additional hours of independent research and school teamwork.

What are the goals of RIAP? 

The two main goals are to help students (1) achieve a level on the joint California Standards Test and CSU Early Assessment Program that would exempt them from the English Placement Test or (2) demonstrate proficiency on the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) by scoring above 150 with no need for future reading and writing remediation.

What do participants receive? 

  • A valuable reference library.
  • Classroom-ready materials.
  • Insights and strategies from.
  • Time to develop cross-curricular strategies.
  • Time to create a school-wide standards-based literacy plan.
  • Great food and company.
  • A stipend upon fulfillment of the institute commitment.

ERWC (Expository Reading and Writing Course)

The 12th Grade Expository Reading and Writing Course seeks to help students meet the standards of the English Placement Test, the expectations of college and university faculty, and the requirements of the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards.


The CSU Expository Reading and Writing Task Advisory Committee has developed a curriculum and teacher-training materials for an expository reading and writing course to be offered to high school students in their senior year.  The course, which is aligned with the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards, is designed to prepare students for college-level English.  The course assignments emphasize the in-depth study of expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing.  This course not only satisfies the 4th year high school "a-g" English requirement but also places students in college freshman composition when completed with a C or higher.  We have also received "Program Status" for this course.


Contact Person:

Kim Flachmann

CSU Bakersfield

(661) 654-6194