TSI and Approved Assessment Scores

TSI Exemptions and other approved scores for Dual Credit

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state program designed to help colleges and universities determine students’ preparedness for college-level coursework in the general areas of reading, writing and mathematics. The TSI program is designed to promote the success of students in college by assessing students’ academic skills through a state approved examination called the TSI Assessment.

All students in Texas public colleges are required to take the TSI Assessment unless the student qualifies for a TSI exemption. In addition, high school students can be waived from taking the TSI Assessment by submitting approved placement scores, typically taken in the 10th grade, for 11th grade Dual Credit eligibility. A high school student may be exempt or waived from taking the TSI Assessment by meeting one of the following requirements.

  1. A high school student is exempt from taking TSI Assessment and eligible for 11th or 12th grade Dual Credit enrollment by meeting one the requirements below:
    1. SAT: A student has an SAT composite score of 1070 (achieved by adding the math and critical reading scores together) with a score of 500 or higher on the math and critical reading portions of the test. Test score must be less than 5 years old and achieved in one sitting.
    2. ACT: A student has an ACT composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 in both the math and English portions of the test. Scores must be less than 5 years old and achieved in one sitting.
    3. STAAR (EOC): LSCS is awaiting new qualification scores for TSI exemption from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Approval is pending due to recent Texas State Legislation changes.  
    4. Level-One Certificate: A student may be TSI exempt to enroll in eligible Level One certificate workforce education dual credit courses in the eleventh or twelfth grade.
  2. A high school student is waived from taking the TSI Assessment and eligible for 11th grade Dual Credit enrollment only with one of the following approved placement scores:
    1. PSAT/NMSQT: A 10th grade student has a PSAT/NMSQT combined score of 107 (achieved by adding the math and critical reading scores) with a minimum of 50 on the critical reading and/or mathematics test(s) relevant to the courses to be attempted in the 11th grade only.

      Please note: Students meeting 11th grade eligibility with PSAT/NMSQT scores must submit college placements scores for TSI exemption or earn a grade of C or better in courses listed to satisfy TSI requirementsfor Dual Credit eligibility in the 12th grade. TSI Assessment testing may be required for the 12th grade eligibility for component areas not TSI met in Reading, Writing, and Math.

    2. PLAN: A 10th grade student has a PLAN composite score of 23 with a 19 or higher in Mathematics and English relevant to the courses to be attempted in the 11th grade only.

      Please note: Students meeting eligibility with PLAN scores must submit college placements scores for TSI exemption or earn a grade of C or better in courses listed to satisfy TSI requirementsfor Dual Credit eligibility in the 12th grade. TSI Assessment testing may be required for the 12th grade eligibility for component areas not TSI met in Reading, Writing, and Math.

    3. STAAR (EOC): LSCS is awaiting new qualification scores for 11th grade eligibility only from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Approval is pending due to recent Texas State Legislation changes. 

TSI Assessment

If a high school student is not TSI exempt or waived from taking the TSI Assessment, then the student will be required to take the TSI Assessment. High school students awarded partial TSI exemption or placement based upon sections of STAAR EOC, SAT, ACT, PSAT, or PLAN may be required to take sections of the TSI Assessment relevant to course selections.

The TSI Assessment is divided into three component areas for Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Based upon course selections for Dual Credit and after completing the Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA), the student may be asked to take the TSI Assessment in each component area. Where necessary, the student may be given an additional diagnostic test in a particular subject area. The TSI Assessment is designed to provide more detailed information regarding your academic strengths and weaknesses.

A high school student is eligible to enroll in Dual Credit in the 11th and 12th grades with the following TSI Assessment Scores:

Reading: score of 351-390
Writing: score of 363-390 and 4 on essay or 5+ on essay
Math: score of 350-390

Approval for Dual Credit Registration

A high school student is eligible to register in dual credit course selected on the Exceptional Admissions form if the student meets the course prerequisites outlined in the Description of Courses in the Lone Star College System catalog. A Dual Credit Advisor will use the results of college placement scores to determine if the high school student meets prerequisite requirements for enrollment in the Dual Credit program.

Most Dual Credit courses require students to demonstrate college readiness in Reading and Writing to register for college-level academic and workforce education courses not included in a Level-One Certificate.

Math placement scores are used for enrollment in freshman college-level Math courses, such as Math 1314, 1324, 1332, and 1342. Additional Math placement scores may be required for students requesting Math courses higher than the college-level freshman Math courses providing he/she has met the college readiness standard in Math as defined by the Texas Success Initiative. Furthermore, math placement scores may be used for enrollment in courses in other disciplines as in the Sciences.

If you have questions regarding placement scores and how the scores are used to register for college-level courses, contact a Dual Credit Advisor for more information. Finally, LSCS encourages high school students to complete the application process and assessment testing early to allow time for retesting if necessary prior to the registration deadline for your high school.

Continued Enrollment in Dual Credit

Most Dual Credit students intend to transfer their coursework to a 4-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree. Transfer of individual Core Curriculum courses are guaranteed by state law to transfer to Texas public colleges and universities. The Core Curriculum is a set of courses designed to give students “the basics” of a college education. Most colleges and universities do not accept transferred Core Curriculum courses with grade of “D” or lower.

Therefore, eligibility for continued participation in the Dual Credit program requires satisfactory academic performance with earned grades of A, B, or C in all college level courses. Dual Credit courses are recorded on a LSCS transcript. Official LSCS transcripts are required for submission to 4-year colleges and universities to transfer college-level coursework.

For more information about transferring Dual Credit courses, talk to a Dual Credit advisor.

Dual Credit placement scores are based upon the Texas Administrative Codes, Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter C and D, Rules §4.54 and §4.85. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules are subject to new changes taking precedence.

 


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