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Developmental Education

Texas Success Initiative

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a program designed to help students develop the academic skills required to successfully complete college-level work via coursework and other means.
Unless exempt, all LSC students must complete a Pre-Assessment Activity and placement test (TSI assessment) before enrolling. Refer to the Course Placement Information for a complete list of exemptions. Regulations set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board require a student to participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) before taking a required placement test. A student will not be permitted to take a placement test (TSI Assessment) until the Pre-Assessment Activity has been completed. 

The Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) may be completed online or during an in-person session at a LSC college. The PAA can be completed in-person through a test-preparation session, or online through the myLoneStar Student Portal. Once completed, students will be able to schedule their TSI Assessment.  Log-in to myLoneStar to access the Pre-Assessment Activity.

The Pre-Assessment Activity includes:

  • An explanation of the importance of the TSI Assessment;
  • Practice test questions and feedback;
  • An explanation of all developmental education options if a standard is not met; and
  • Information about campus and community resources that help college students to succeed.

Unless exempt, all LSC students must complete assessment before enrolling. Enrollment in most college-level courses requires test scores high enough to place into the college-level course.

Students scoring below the placement test standards are required to enroll in developmental courses. 

Beginning in the Fall 2018, students qualifying for developmental education are encouraged to enroll in the developmental and college-level course at the same time.  The developmental course serves as a co-requisite to the college level course.  The following co-requisite options are available at Lone Star College:


Developmental Component

College-level Course

Math 0232 Math 1332
Math 0242 Math 1342
Math 0314 Math 1314
Math 0324 Math 1324



Developmental Component

College-level Course

ENGL 0119 ENGL 1301
ENGL 0219 ENGL 1301


For additional information about developmental course options and enrollment, visit with an academic advisor at your campus. 

All associate degrees, Level Two certificates and post-AAS certificates require completion of TSI requirements. Once a student has met the college readiness standard for a particular skill area, the student may enroll in college credit courses related to the skill area while completing other developmental education requirements.  Developmental courses appear on transcripts from LSC but do not transfer to four-year institutions, nor do they apply to LSC degrees or certificates.

All equivalent developmental courses transferred from another institution must be a "C" or better or the student will need to retake the section of the TSI Assessment and score high enough to place into the college-level course.

For more information about the TSI assessment, TSI minimum scores and exemptions as well as other Placement Testing options, please go to the Placement Testing website.

TSI Resources

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