EI(LEGAL) - TESTING PROGRAMS

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

Education Code 51.333; 19 TAC 4.55(a), (d)–(e)

Definitions

"Basic Academic Skills Education"

"Corequisite"

"Course Pairing"

"Developmental Coursework and / or Intervention"

"Entry-Level Course"

"Mathematics Pathway Models"

"Non-Course-Competency-Based Developmental Education Interventions"

Exceptional Circumstances

Pre-Assessment

Importance of assessment in students' academic career.

Assessment process and components, including practice with feedback of sample test questions in all disciplinary areas.

Developmental education options including corequisite, course-pairing, non-course-based, modular, and other non-conventional interventions.

Institutional and/or community student resources (e.g., supplemental instruction, tutoring, transportation, childcare, and financial aid).

19 TAC 4.55(b)

Assessment Instruments

Minimum Standards

Reading 351;

Mathematics 350; and

Writing:

A placement score of at least 340, and an essay score of at least 4; or

A placement score of less than 340 and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4 and an essay score of at least 5.

Education Code 51.334(b)–(c); 19 TAC 4.57

TSI Assessment Time Periods

Phase I--Start date: institution's first class day of fall 2013; expiration: the day immediately before the first class day of fall 2017;

Phase II--Start date: institution's first class day of fall 2017; expiration: the day immediately before the first class day of fall 2019; and

Final Phase--Start date: institution's first class day of fall 2019; no expiration.

19 TAC 4.53(22)

Advising Program

Failure to Meet Minimum Standards

High school grade point average/class ranking;

Prior academic coursework and/or workplace experiences;

Non-cognitive factors (e.g., motivation, self-efficacy); and

Family-life issues (e.g., job, childcare, transportation, finances).

Review the plan developed for the student under this section and, if necessary, work with the student to revise the plan; and

Offer to the student a range of competency-based education programs to assist the student in becoming ready to perform freshman-level academic coursework in the applicable subject area(s).

Readiness Education Plan

Be designed on an individual basis to provide the best opportunity for each student to succeed in obtaining his or her career and/or academic goals. At a minimum, the individual plan shall address:

Career advising;

Course-based and/or non-course-based developmental education options;

Campus and/or community student-support services/resources;

Degree plan or plan of study;

Regular interactions between student and designated point of contact (e.g., adviser, faculty member, peer and/or community mentor, and the like);

Registration for next semester/next steps; and

Differentiated placement.

Provide to the student a description of the appropriate developmental education considered necessary to ensure the readiness of that student to perform freshman-level academic coursework.

Provide to the student an appropriate measure for determining readiness to perform freshman-level academic coursework, as described in 19 Administrative Code 4.59, below.

Education Code 51.335(a), .336(a); 19 TAC 4.58(b)

Determination of Readiness

Developmental education coursework and/or intervention learning outcomes developed by the Coordinating Board based on the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards;

Student performance on one or more appropriate assessments, including scores resulting from a student's retaking of the TSI assessment; and

Student qualification for one or more TSI exemptions as outlined in 19 Administrative Code 4.54.

Performance in developmental education.

Performance in appropriate nondevelopmental coursework, including successfully completed college-level coursework in a related field using AP scores, IB scores, CLEP scores, and/or grades earned through dual credit, as determined by the receiving institution.

Ready for any entry-level freshman mathematics coursework; or

Ready only for non-Algebra intensive courses, including MATH 1332/1342/1442 or their local equivalent.

Education Code 51.337; 19 TAC 4.59

Reporting

Technological delivery of developmental education courses that allows students to complete coursework;

Diagnostic assessments to determine a student's specific educational needs to allow for appropriate developmental instruction;

Modular developmental education course materials;

Use of tutors and instructional aides to supplement developmental education course instruction as needed for particular students;

Internal monitoring mechanisms used to identify a student's area(s) of academic difficulty; and

Periodic updates of developmental education course materials.

19 TAC 4.60(a)

Exemptions for Certain Students

SAT or ACT Scores

For a period of five years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards that cannot be raised by institutions:

ACT: composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test shall be exempt for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI assessment, and/or 19 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI assessment; or

SAT

SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016: a combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI assessment; a combined critical reading (formerly "verbal") and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI assessment.

SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016: a minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment; a minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. There is no combined score.

Mixing or combining scores from the SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016, and the SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016, is not allowable.

Education Code 51.338(b); 19 TAC 4.54(a), (d)

State Assessments

For a period of five years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards that cannot be raised by institutions:

TAKS

On the eleventh grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the mathematics section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English language arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3, shall be exempt from the TSI assessment required under Title 19 for those corresponding sections; or

End-of-Course Assessments

STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum Level 2 score of 4000 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI assessment required under this title for both reading and writing, and a minimum Level 2 score of 4000 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI assessment required under this title for the mathematics section.

Education Code 51.338(c)–(d); 19 TAC 4.54(a)(3)

College-Level Experience

A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.

A student who transfers to an institution from a public, private, or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution.

A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution. For students meeting non-Algebra intensive readiness standards in mathematics as defined in 19 Administrative Code 4.59 (relating to determination of readiness to perform entry-level freshman coursework), institutions may choose to require additional preparatory coursework/interventions for Algebra intensive courses, including MATH 1314/1324/1414 or their local equivalent. It is the institution's responsibility to ensure that students are clearly informed of the consequences of successful completion of a mathematics pathways model which results in meeting the mathematics college readiness standard only for specific entry-level freshman mathematics courses.

A student who is enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent) at a public junior college, a public technical institute, or a public state college.

Education Code 51.332(1)–(3); 19 TAC 4.54(a)

College Prep Courses

A student who successfully completes a college preparatory course under Education Code 28.014 is exempt for a period of 24 months from the date of high school graduation with respect to the content area of the course. The student must enroll in the student's first college-level course in the exempted content area in the student's first year of enrollment in an institution of higher education. This exemption applies only at the institution of higher education that partners with the school district in which the student is enrolled to provide the course. Additionally, an institution of higher education may enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with a partnering institution of higher education to accept the exemption for the college preparatory course.

Education Code 51.338(e)–(f); 19 TAC 4.54(a), .58(e)

Military Experience

A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or for at least the three-year period preceding enrollment, as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States; or

A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.

Education Code 51.332(4)–(5); 19 TAC 4.54(a)

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DATE ISSUED: 4/26/2018