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Texas Success Initiative (TSI)



Texas House Bill 286 created the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) to ensure that all new-to-college students are provided (1) assessment of their readiness for freshman-level academic coursework, (2) advisement and educational support necessary to assist students who are not ready to enroll in academic coursework, and (3) evaluation to determine when they are ready to enroll in college-level coursework.

The TSI was updated effective January 11, 2021. The Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) was revised and takes the place of the prior TSI Assessment. The Reading and Writing sections were combined into one English Language Arts Reading (ELAR) section. The TSIA2 Mathematics section remained a standalone assessment.

TSIA2 measures mathematics, reading, and writing skills to determine a student’s readiness to enroll in entry-level freshman courses. Students are required to test and to be advised based on the results of their TSIA2 scores. Students will not be denied admission to Tarrant County College (TCC) based on TSIA2 or other college placement scores. Testing must be completed prior to enrolling in classes.

The required TSIA2 test is administered at the TCC Testing Centers on each campus. Testing appointments may be required and a fee may be assessed. Test scores are usually available immediately following testing. Career advisors will assist students with score interpretation.

Students must complete a pre-assessment activity (PAA) prior to taking the TSIA2 Test.

Students should contact the campus Testing Services for additional information.

Free TSIA2 workshops may be offered by the campus tutoring centers to review test topics and provide practice for students retaking sections of the TSI Assessment. Students are encouraged to attend a TSIA2 Workshop and to retest.

Testing Requirements for Restricted Courses

All TSI-liable students will be required to submit appropriate test scores before enrolling in college-level Mathematics, English, and/or Reading and Writing restricted courses. Successful completion of prerequisite courses may substitute for placement test scores. Testing requirements for specific courses are outlined in the course descriptions .

TSI Waivers and Exemptions

All students taking college-level courses must satisfy Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) requirements unless they qualify for a TSI waiver or exemption.

TSI Waivers and Exemptions apply only to TSIA2 requirements. Official documentation of eligibility for an exemption or waiver is required. Students should contact the campus Admissions and Registrar Office for additional information about TSIA2 requirements and restrictions, and to determine the specific documentation required.

Students who qualify for a TSI exemption are not required to test for TSI purposes, may not enroll in developmental coursework and/or interventions in the corresponding area of exemption, and do not need to develop and follow an Academic Success Plan. All prerequisites for enrollment in specific courses must be met.

Waivers:

  1. Certificate Waiver – Students pursuing a one-year Certificate of Completion of no more than 42 semester hours are exempt from all parts of TSIA2 testing and may enroll in any course required for that certificate. There may be courses in the certificate program that require placement testing.
  2. Casual Student Waiver – Students who are not seeking a degree or certificate from a Texas public institution of higher education may qualify; enrollment may be restricted.
  3. Military Waiver – Students serving on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard, or serving as a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States for at least the three-year period preceding enrollment.
  4. English Language Learners Waiver – Students who are not native speakers of English may request a waiver from the TSIA2 in order to develop their academic English skills. Students will take an English Placement test instead to determine correct placement in ESOL courses. Students using this waiver will be required to take the TSIA2 before they complete the 15th hour of ESOL. All TSI waivers must be renewed each term and all course prerequisites must be met.
  5. A student who has successfully completed College Preparatory courses is eligible to receive a waiver for one year from the date of high school graduation. Successful completion of College Prep English/Language Arts allows for a one-year waiver for Reading and Writing. Successful completion of College Prep Math allows for a one-year waiver for Math.

All TSI waivers must be renewed each term and all course prerequisites must be met.

Exemptions:

  1. Score Exempt – Students who achieved certain scores on the SAT, ACT, GED, HiSET, or STAAR EOC test may be fully or partially exempt.
  2. Degree Exempt – Students who have earned an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution or from a recognized international institution.
  3. Veteran Exempt – Students who were honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty or from Texas National Guard on or after August 1, 1990.
  4. Course Exempt – Students who have completed a restricted course from a regionally accredited college or university earning a grade of C or higher are exempt in the curricular area of that course but must develop and pursue an academic success plan with an advisor in any remaining area(s).
  5. Private or Out-of-State Transfer – Students who transfer from a regionally accredited college or university and have earned a grade of C in specific courses are exempt in the related TSI component. An official transcript must be submitted.

To be considered exempt for TSI Math, the student must have completed the equivalent to one of these courses with a grade of C or better:

To be considered exempt on the Non-Algebraic Pathway for TSI Math, the student must have completed the equivalent to one of these courses with a grade of “C” or better:

To be considered exempt for TSI English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR; also known as Integrated Reading and Writing), the student must have completed the equivalent to one of these courses with a grade of C or better:

  1. Texas College Bridge (TCB) Exempt – successful completion of the TCB course provides a TSI exemption in that content area effective for 24 months following the student’s high school graduation (Texas Education Code 51.338).

Exemptions are permanent and do not need to be renewed each semester.

Developmental Studies

Tarrant County College (TCC) considers the provision of a comprehensive program of developmental studies to be an integral part of its mission. Mandatory placement testing in the basic skills of mathematics, writing, and reading identifies students who are performing below college level. A range of options in each of the areas allows students to address and correct their deficiencies.

Students who score below specified levels of the TSIA2 will be required to enroll in developmental studies until they complete their program’s required credit course or they achieve TSIA2 complete status via coursework or passing a TSIA2 retest in the same skill area.

A First-Time-in-College (FTIC) student assessed as needing additional help in any developmental skill area is required to be continuously enrolled in at least one required developmental program course or non-course based option until all program requirements are complete.

All students must have an Academic Success Plan by the end of their first term. More information about the Academic Success Plan is available at the campus Student Success and Advising Centers.

TCC students in developmental studies must register for a course or a non-course based option co-requisite course. A non-course based option (NCBO) is an educational intervention that uses learning approaches to prepare the student for college-level work. A co-requisite course refers to a developmental course paired with a credit transfer course.

The co-requisite model is an instructional strategy whereby a student is enrolled simultaneously in a developmental education course and/or intervention and a gateway course within the same semester. This allows a student sooner entry into their credit course requirements. The developmental component of the co-requisite provides support for the successful completion of the college-level credit course. 

Developmental courses and NCBOs do not transfer as college credit to other colleges and universities, do not count as credit toward graduation requirements, and are not included in the calculation of the grade point average.

The following are non-course based options (NCBO):  

Placement in developmental courses is based on TSIA2 scores and, in some instances, on scores on other departmental tests. Additional information about state mandates is available at any campus Student Success and Advising Center.

The following courses are developmental:

Developmental Studies and corequisite models do not apply to Dual Enrollment (Dual Credit and ECHS/PTECH CCRSM Schools). Refer to the Dual Credit webpage.

Adult Education Courses

Adult education courses (MATH 0090  and INRW 0090 ) are designed for students who are assessed and need additional review or foundational material to increase success in developmental or college-level courses. Courses will follow the attendance policies and curricula are aligned with developmental education courses.

Attendance in Developmental Courses

Students taking developmental Mathematics and/or Integrated Reading and Writing courses are required to attend class and to keep up with course assignments. Since attendance and participation are essential to student success, the following guidelines apply:

  • A student in an on-campus course who misses 15 percent of the class meetings and is not successfully performing in the course may be withdrawn at the discretion of the instructor.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ESOL waivers apply to English Language Learners requesting to waive their Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2). Students that apply for this waiver must be in agreement with the following guidelines set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

  1. Student is a non-native speaker of English who wishes to remediate before taking the TSIA2;
  2. Student understands that he/she can take ESOL courses only while remediating; if a student elects to take the TSIA2 for mathematics and passes, he/she may enroll in math courses for which he/she is eligible;
  3. Student understands that he/she must take the TSIA2 before he/she completes the 15th hour of ESOL developmental education;
  4. Student will need to take the placement test in order to register for the correct level of ESOL.

For additional information regarding ESOL refer to the TCC website.

Student Transition to College Success Course

Tarrant County College is committed to supporting students in meeting their educational goals by requiring a learning skills course (STSC 0111 ) for students who are TSI-liable in at least one content area.

Transition to College Success is a non-degree credit, one-hour course. It is intended to be taken during a student’s first term in college. TSI-liable students who do not register for STSC 0111  in their first term will have a hold placed on their registration for future terms.

TSI Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) Completion Requirements

A status of TSIA2 Compliant or Exempt in Mathematics and Integrated Reading/Writing is required to receive most degrees and some certificates of completion. To achieve this status, a non-exempt student must meet one of the following requirements for each skill area:

Mathematics

  • Meet the TSIA2 with a College Readiness Classification (CRC) score of “950-990” or
  • Meet the TSIA2 with a CRC score of “910-949” and a diagnostic level of “6” or
  • Earn a grade of “C” or higher in one of the following entry-level college Math courses:
    MATH 1314   MATH 1324   MATH 1332   MATH 1342  
  • Students with a professionally diagnosed mathematics disability may contact Student Accessibility Resources on campus to discuss alternatives available for completion of the mathematics requirement.

Integrated Reading/Writing

  • Meet the TSIA2 with a CRC score of “945-990” and an essay score of “5-8” or
  • Meet the TSIA2 with a CRC score of “910-944” and diagnostic level of “5-6” and an essay score of “5-8” or
  • Earn a grade of “C” or higher in one of the following courses:
    ENGL 1301   PSYC 2301   SOCI 1301  

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • Meet the TSIA2 with a CRC score of “945-990” and an essay score of “5-8” or
  • Meet the TSIA2 with a CRC score of “910-944” and diagnostic level score of “5-6” and an essay score of “5-8”

In addition, to the requirements above:

  1. Students who passed a state-approved TSIA2 test in any skill area and were enrolled in a regionally accredited college or university prior to August 26, 2013, are TSIA2 complete in the corresponding area.
  2. Students transferring from a regionally accredited college or university who have completed one or more of the above-designated courses with a grade of “C” or higher will be considered TSI-satisfied in that curricular area. An official transcript from the transfer institution is required.
  3. Students whose previous Texas public college or university determined that they have met Minimum Passing Standards in Reading, Writing, and/or Math are met in the curricular area(s) indicated but must develop and pursue an Academic Success Plan in any remaining area(s).

TSIA2 Placement Score Charts 


 MATH

COURSE PLACEMENT

TSIA2 COLLEGE READINESS
CLASSIFICATION (CRC)

DIAGNOSTIC
LEVEL

ALGEBRAIC NON-ALGEBRAIC
910 - 949 1 - 2

 

MATH 0090  
3

 

MATH 1332  & MATH 0132 **

or

MATH 1342 * & MATH 0142 **

4 - 5

MATH 1314  & MATH 0214 **

or

MATH 1324  & MATH 0224 **

MATH 1332  & MATH 0132 **

or

MATH 1342 & MATH 0142 **

 
6

COLLEGE READY

MATH 1314  or MATH 1324 

 

COLLEGE READY

MATH 1332  or MATH 1342 *

950 - 990 N/A

COLLEGE READY

MATH 1314  or MATH 1324 

 

 COLLEGE READY

MATH 1332  or MATH 1342 *

* TSI met in Reading and Writing is required for enrollment in MATH 1342 .
** MATH 0132 = 1 hour NCBO for MATH 1332
** MATH 0142 = 1 hour NCBO for MATH 1342
** MATH 0214 = 2 hour NCBO for MATH 1314
** MATH 0224 = 2 hour NCBO for MATH 1324
Note: Students who change from Non-Algebraic Pathway to Algebraic Pathway may be required to take additional developmental education coursework/intervention (TAC Rule Statute 4.58).

Dual enrollment students cannot participate in Developmental Studies, including co-requisite course models.

 


INTEGRATED READING / WRITING (INRW)

TSIA2 COLLEGE READINESS CLASSIFICATION (CRC) 910 - 944 and

DIAGNOSTIC LEVEL

ESSAY

COURSE PLACEMENT

1 - 3

None INRW 0090  

4

1 - 3 INRW 0090  
4

4 - 8

INRW 0399  +
approved college-level course**
5 - 6 1 - 4

INRW 0399  +
approved college-level course**

5 - 6

5 - 8

COLLEGE READY

 

TSIA2 COLLEGE READINESS CLASSIFICATION (CRC) 945 - 990 and

ESSAY

COURSE PLACEMENT

1 - 3

INRW 0399  +
approved college-level course**

4

INRW 0114 * or INRW 0399  +
approved college-level course**

5 - 8

COLLEGE READY

* INRW 0114  is a non-course based option (NCBO), just-in-time support that prepares the student for college-level work.
**Approved college-level course includes ENGL 1301 , PSYC 2301 , or SOCI 1301 .
Note: Dual enrollment students cannot participate in Developmental Studies, including co-requisite course models.

 


ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING PROGRAM (ELLP)

 

ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL)

TSIA2 COLLEGE READINESS CLASSIFICATION (CRC) 910-944 and

DIAGNOSTIC LEVEL

ESSAY

COURSE PLACEMENT

1 - 3

None Refer to ESL

4

1 - 8 ESOL LEVEL 1: ESOL 0301 , ESOL 0304 , ESOL 0307 , ESOL 0310  

5 - 6

1 - 4 ESOL LEVEL 2: ESOL 0302 , ESOL 0305 , ESOL 0308 , ESOL 0311  

5 - 6

5 - 8

COLLEGE READY

 

TSIA2 COLLEGE READINESS CLASSIFICATION (CRC) 945 - 990 and

ESSAY

COURSE PLACEMENT

1 - 2

ESOL LEVEL 1: ESOL 0301 , ESOL 0304 , ESOL 0307 , ESOL 0310  

3

ESOL LEVEL 2: ESOL 0302 , ESOL 0305 , ESOL 0308 , ESOL 0311  

4

ESOL LEVEL 3: ESOL 0303 , ESOL 0306 , ESOL 0309 , ESOL 0312  

5 - 8

COLLEGE READY

English Language Learners (ELLs) who need more time to refine their academic English skills may use the TSI Waiver. It limits students to ESOL and no other credit courses.

  • Will be required to take the TSIA before they complete the 15th hour of ESOL.
  • May take the Michigan English Placement Test (MEPT) to assess appropriate ESOL placement.
  • TSI Waiver temporarily exempts students from TSI, Student Success course, and New Trailblazer Orientation.

Contact the English Language Learning Program on your campus for more information.

 

ESOL COURSE PLACEMENT

MICHIGAN ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST (MEPT) CUT-SCORES

Course #

Course Name

MEPT Scores

ESOL 0301   Oral Communication 35 - 41
ESOL 0302   Oral Communication 42 - 48
ESOL 0303   Oral Communication 49 - 55
ESOL 0304   Grammar 35 - 41
ESOL 0305   Grammar 42 - 48
ESOL 0306   Grammar 49 - 55
ESOL 0307   Reading & Vocabulary 35 - 41
ESOL 0308   Reading & Vocabulary 42 - 48
ESOL 0309   Reading & Vocabulary 49 - 55
ESOL 0310   Writing 35 - 41
ESOL 0311   Writing 42 - 48
ESOL 0312   Writing 49 - 55

Enrollment in the ESOL program requires:

  1. Making the minimum score on the placement test or
  2. Successful completion of Level 3 of Pre-Academic ESL or Level 5 of Workforce ESL

Contact the English Language Learning Program on your campus for more information.

 

PRE-ACADEMIC ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) COURSE PLACEMENT

MICHIGAN ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST (MEPT) CUT-SCORES

Non-Credit
ESL Course #

Level

Course Name

MEPT Scores

ESLX 1010 Level 1 Low Beginning ESL 21 - 27
ESLX 1011 Level 2 High Beginning ESL 28 - 34
ESLX 1012 Level 3 Low Intermediate ESL 35 - 41

After successful completion of Level 3 of Pre-Academic ESL, students may continue with ESOL courses.

Contact the English Language Learning Program on your campus for more information.

 

WORKFORCE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) COURSE PLACEMENT

MICHIGAN ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST (MEPT) CUT-SCORES

Non-Credit
ESL Course #

Level

Course Name

MEPT Scores

COMG 1003 Basic Communication Skills for the Workplace 0 - 6
COMG 1000 Level 1 Communication Improvement I 7 - 13
COMG 1001 Level 2 Communication Improvement II 14 - 20
COMG 1004 Level 3 Communication Improvement III 21 - 27
COMG 1005 Level 4 Communication Improvement IV 28 - 34
COMG 1045 Level 5 Advanced Workplace Communication 35 - 41

After successful completion of Workforce ESL Level 5, students may continue with ESOL courses.

Contact the English Language Learning Program on your campus for more information.

 

For more information, students should consult the campus Student Success and Advising Center.