Texas Success Initiative General Information

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) was mandated through action of the 78th Texas Legislature to replace the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP). TSI requires students to be assessed in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics prior to enrolling at a Texas public college or university. Institutions have the flexibility to determine the appropriate path for individual students to take so as to be considered college ready and thus ready for college-level courses.

Beginning August 26, 2013, The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is requiring all Texas public colleges and universities to begin administering the new Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment. Any new student that has not completed college course work prior to 8/26/13 or met a state approved exemption will be subject to the new TSI Assessment requirements.

All students taking the TSI Assessment after August 26, 2013 must participate in a Pre-Assessment Activity. Texarkana College has partnered with Querium to provide the activity. You must complete this Pre-Assessment Activity before you can enter Texarkana College.  Once you complete the assessment, Querium will email you a completion certificate that you must take to the Advising/Retention Center located in the Carl. M. Nelson Administration Building and give it to your Adviser. The adviser will then prepare a Test Ticket for you to take to the Testing Center that will allow you to take the TSI Assessment.

 Please click HERE to find out more about the new TSI Assessment and how to complete the required Pre-Assessment Activity.

Texarkana College Requirements

Students can be admitted to Texarkana College without being TSI complete or exempt; however, they will not be able to register for most TC classes until they are TSI complete.

Students who are not TSI complete upon enrolling at TC must co-enroll in the appropriate developmental course(s) each semester until they become TSI complete. A TSI hold will be placed on the student’s record until appropriate TSI completion documentation (i.e., test score, course grade) is provided to the academic advisor,

TSI Exemptions

Students are exempt from TSI if you meet one of the following exemption criteria and submit the appropriate documentation mentioned below by mail or fax to the Texarkana College Admissions Office.

MAIL:
Texarkana College
Office of Admissions
2500 N. Robison Rd.
Texarkana, TX  75599

FAX: TC Admissions Office: (903) 823-3451

Exemption Criteria

  1. Test Exemption – if any one of the following test scores (ACT, SAT, TAKS, TAAS) are met, students are exempt from that area and must present those official test scores, if not shown on your high school transcript, to Texarkana College
Reading ACT ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 23 and English 19 shall be exempt for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment. (must meet or exceed both scores)SAT** ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 1070* and Critical Reading/Verbal 500 (must meet or exceed both scores)TAKS (within 5 years from date of testing): Minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least  3 (must meet or exceed both scores)TAAS (within 3 years from date of testing): Minimum scale score of 1770 on the writing test and an 89 on the reading test (Must meet or exceed both scores)STAAR end-of-course (EOC) (within 5 years from the date of testing):  minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required for both reading and writing
Math ACT ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 23 and Math 19 (must meet or exceed both scores)SAT** ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 1070* and Math 500 (must meet or exceed both scores)TAKS (within 5 years from date of testing): Math 2200TAAS (within 3 years from date of testing) (replaced by TAKS): Texas Learning Index (exit level) of 86STAAR end-of-course (EOC)(within 5 years from the date of testing): minimum score of Level 2 n the Algebra II EOC
Writing ACT ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 23 and English 19 (must meet or exceed both scores)SAT** ( within 5 years from date of testing): Composite 1070* and Critical Reading/Verbal 500 (must meet or exceed both scores)TAKS (within 5 years from date of testing): ELA 2200 and Writing Essay score 3 (must meet or exceed both scores)TAAS (within 3 years from date of testing): 1770STAAR end-of-course (EOC): (within 5 years from the date of testing): minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required for both reading and writing

*SAT Composite = Critical Reading plus Math

**A Note about the SAT:
The name of the SAT has recently changed to “SAT Reasoning Test”; the name “New SAT” has been used for the version of the test administered after January 2005. The verbal portion of the New SAT has been renamed “critical reading.” Both old and new total, math, and verbal/critical reading scores that are less than five years old may be used to meet TSI requirements as described here. The essay section of the New SAT may not yet be used to meet TSI requirements. Information about the SAT exam may be located on the Collegeboard web pages: http://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests.

2. Degree Exemption- mail or fax an official transcript to Texarkana College noting either an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;

3. Out-of State or Private Institution Course Work Exemption – mail or fax an official transcript that shows you have satisfactorily completed college-level coursework with a C or better transferred from an out-of-state or private institution of higher education;

4. Previous Exemption – mail or fax the official determination of your having met readiness standards at a previous institution of higher education;

5. Certificate or Non-Degree Seeking Program Exemption – notify Texarkana College that you are not seeking a degree or are seeking a certificate that does not have TSI requirements;

7. Military Service Exemption or Waiver – submit to Texarkana College a DD214 or Notice of Benefits Eligibility that shows you are on active duty as a member of the US armed forces, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the US armed forces and have been serving for at least 3 years preceding enrollment; or honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty on or after August 1, 1990.

TSI and Transfer Students

Texarkana College can determine college readiness on an individual basis once students have been tested or otherwise evaluated using TSI approved testing or exemption requirements. Texarkana College may review individual coursework of students who have successfully completed developmental and/or college level work but who are not determined to be TSI complete by the transferring institution.

Students transferring to Texarkana College from regionally accredited private or out-of-state institutions with grades of “C” or better in the courses listed below in all three TSI areas (writing, reading and math) will meet TSI requirements. Students need to mail or fax to Texarkana College Admissions and Records official copies of your transcripts showing these grades.

Students who do not have grades of “C” or better in all three areas, you must take an approved TSI test in those areas.

TSI Writing (TSI compliant in writing if you achieved a “C” or better in one of the two courses listed below)
ENGL 1301 (Composition I) ENGL 1302 (Composition II)        
TSI Reading (TSI compliant in reading if you achieved a “C” or better in any one of the courses listed below)
HIST 1301, HIST 1302 (U.S. History) ENGL 2321, ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323 (British Literature) ENGL 2331, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333 (World Literature) ENGL 2326, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328 (American Literature) PSYC 2301 (General Psychology) GOVT 2301, GOVT 2302, GOVT 2305, GOVT 2306(American Government)
TSI Math (TSI compliant in math if you achieved a “C” or better in any one of the courses listed below)
MATH 1332 (College Mathematics) MATH 1333 (College Mathematics) MATH 1314 (College Algebra) MATH 1316 (Plane Trigonometry) More advanced mathematics course for which any of the above are prerequisites.  
             

Partial TSI Exemption

Students will have a partial TSI exemption and will be required to provide documentation to support your partial exemption if they have

  • Obtained a composite score on the appropriate test and the required minimum score on either the math or verbal English language arts. Students will be exempt from that individual section of TSI but will have to take the others sections. For example, students who score high enough on the SAT to be exempt from the math portion (Composite 1070 and Math 500), but not the writing or reading portions will need to take just the writing or reading sections of the TSI.
  • Completed college-level coursework in one or two of the three designated areas (reading, math, and writing) with a grade of “C” or better and so may be exempt from those sections of the TSI. Students will have to take the other portions of the TSI for which they are not exempt.

Approved TSI Scores – Revised Summer 2013

Students not TSI exempt must take the new Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Test effective August 26, 2013.

Students may take any of these four tests from any institution of higher education, but must provide Texarkana College with official score reports for that test.

Enrolled students who have attended Texarkana College prior to Fall 2013, and have remained continuously enrolled,* must submit scores required at the time of entry to Texarkana College. Beginning with the Fall 2013 semester, to be able to enroll in most Texarkana College courses, students must meet the minimum scores as shown in the table below:

 

Discipline

Course Name

Cut Score

Math

   

MATH 0029

Basic Mathematics

310-319

MATH 0031

Pre-Algebra                                     

320-330

MMTH 0031/0032

Combo/Modular Class     

325-344

MATH 0032

Introduction to Algebra              

331-344

MATH 0033

Intermediate Algebra                  

345-349

MATH 0033/1314

Combo                                   

345-349

MATH 1314 or other college level math

College Algebra or other college level math                         

350+

 

Discipline

Course Name

Cut Score

Reading

   

ENGL 0041

Integrated Reading/Writing I                                      

310-346

ENGL 0042

Integrated Reading/Writing II

347-350

ENGL 0042/1301

Combo Integrated Reading/ Writing II and Composition I

            349-350

ENGL 1301

BIOL 1406

BIOL 1407

BIOL 2401

BIOL 2402

DAAC 2466

ENGL 1301

ENGL 2322

ENGL 2327

ENGL 2328

ENGL 2332

ENGL 2333

ENGL 2341

GOVT 2305

GOVT 2306

HIST 1301

HIST 1302

PSYC 2301

SOCI 1301

SPCH 1315

SPCH 1321

Composition I

Biology for Science Majors I

Biology for Science Majors II

Anatomy & Physiology I

Anatomy & Physiology II

Practicum-Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counseling

Composition I

British Literature I

American Literature I

American Literature II

World Literature I

World Literature II

Forms of Literature

Federal Government

Texas Government

U.S. History I

U.S. History II

General Psychology

Introductory Sociology

Public Speaking

Business and Professional Speaking

351+

 

Discipline

Course Name

Cut Score

Writing

   

ENGL 0041

Integrated Reading/Writing I

MC = 310-357
Essay <=3

ENGL 0042

Integrated Reading Writing II

MC = 358-362
Essay = 4

ENGL 0042/1301

Combo  Integrated Reading/Writing II and Composition I

MC = 361-362
Essay = 4

ENGL 1301

Composition I

A score of 5 or better on the Essay no matter what the student makes on the multiple choice section

or

A multiple choice score of 363 or better and at least a score of 4 on the Essay

Attention: Student placement in English 0041 and English 0041 is based on the lowest cut score for the student in Reading or Writing on the TSI.

Texas Success Initiative Test Content

The TSI Mathematics and Statistics Test is a multiple choice assessment covering the key College and Career Readiness Standards referenced below. There are approximately 20 items on the placement test, and 10 items on the diagnostic test.

Elementary Algebra and Functions (6 items on the placement test; 10 items on diagnostic test)

• Linear equations, inequalities, and systems

• Algebraic expressions and equations (other than linear)

• Word problems and applications

Intermediate Algebra and Functions (9 items on the placement test; 10 items on diagnostic test)

• Quadratic and other polynomial expressions, equations, and functions

• Expressions, equations, and functions involving powers, roots, and radicals

• Rational and exponential expressions, equations, and functions

Geometry and Measurement (2 items on placement test; 10 items on diagnostic test)

• Plane geometry

• Transformations and symmetry

• Measurement (linear, area, three-dimensional)

• Modeling and applications

Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability (3 items on placement test; 10 items on diagnostic test)

• Interpreting categorical and quantitative data

• Statistical measures

• Probabilistic reasoning

 
   

The TSI Reading Test is a multiple choice assessment covering the key College and Career Readiness Standards referenced below. There are approximately 24 items on the placement test. There are 10-12 items per category on the diagnostic test.

Literary Analysis (4 items on placement test; 12 items on diagnostic test)

• All items in this category will be passage-based items.

• Passages are fiction or literary nonfiction and will be approximately 400 words in length.

• Items will ask students to identify and analyze ideas in and elements of literary texts.

Main Idea and Supporting Details (5 items on placement test; 10 items on diagnostic test)

• All items in this category will be discrete items with single informational/expository passages of 75-125 words.

• Items will ask students to identify the main idea of a passage or comprehend explicit textual information in the passage.

Inferences in a Text or Texts (8 items on placement test; 10 items on diagnostic test)

• All items in this category will be discrete items with one or, in some cases, two informational/expository passages of 100-150 words.

• Most items will ask students to make an appropriate inference about a single passage.

• Some items will require students to synthesize ideas by making a connection or comparison between two passages.

Author’s Use of Language (7 items on placement test; 10 items on diagnostic test)

• All items in this category will be discrete items with single informational/expository passages of 75-125 words.

• Some items will ask students to identify an author’s purpose, tone, organization, or rhetorical strategies and use of evidence;

• Some items will ask students to determine the meaning of words in context.

 
   

The TSI Writing Test is a multiple choice assessment covering the key College and Career Readiness Standards referenced below. There are approximately 20 items on the placement test, and 10-12 items on the diagnostic test.

Essay Revision (8 items on placement test; 12 items on diagnostic test)

• All items in this category will be passage-based items.

• Passages are drafts of essays in need of revision and will be approximately 250 words.  Items will ask students to revise parts of the essay to improve coherence, organization, word choice, rhetorical effectiveness, and use of evidence

Agreement (3 items on placement test; 10 items on diagnostic test)

• All items in this category will be discrete items

• Items will cover topics such as subject-verb agreement, pronoun agreement, and verb tense.

Sentence Structure (5 items on placement test; 10 items on diagnostic test)

• All items in this category will be discrete items

• Items will cover topics such as fragments, subordination and coordination, and parallelism

• Items will also cover topics such as comma splices and run-on sentences, as well as improper punctuation.

Sentence Logic (4 items on placement test; 10 items on diagnostic test)

• All items in this category will be discrete items

• Items will test the student’s ability to arrange the parts of sentences in the most logical way, including the use of logical transitions and the correct placement of modifying phrases.

The Texas College and Career Readiness Writing standards ask students to write essays that “demonstrate clear focus, the logical development of ideas in well-organized paragraphs, and the use of appropriate language that advances the author’s purpose.”

WritePlacer automatically evaluates students’ essays written to one of several prompts.  WritePlacer essays are electronically scored by the Intelligent Essay Assessor (IEA) that is powered by the Knowledge Technologies (KT) engine.

The Intelligent Essay Assessor is a unique automated assessment technology that evaluates the meaning of text, not just grammatical correctness or spelling.

The Intelligent Essay Assessor is based on Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA), a statistical language learning theory and computer model that measures the semantic similarity of words and documents with accuracy closely approximating that of human judges.

Feedback in provided on the following six dimensions

Purpose and Focus — The extent to which the writer presents information in a unified and coherent manner, clearly addressing the issue.

Organization and Structure — The extent to which the writer orders and connects ideas.

Development and Support — The extent to which the writer develops and supports ideas.

Sentence Variety and Style — The extent to which the writer crafts sentences and paragraphs demonstrating control of vocabulary, voice, and structure.

Mechanical Conventions — The extent to which the writer expresses ideas using standard English.

Critical Thinking — The extent to which the writer communicates a point of view and demonstrates reasoned relationships among ideas.