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Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

Tarleton State University
Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Plan
Approved November 2013 (Last Revised – 2.14.2014)

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a State of Texas strategy designed to enhance undergraduate student success in higher education (Texas Education Code, Section 51.3062). This initiative consists of two components: 1) the TSI assessment – an assessment to evaluate undergraduate student preparedness for college and career success with a new comprehensive diagnostics and placement testing system, 2) developmental education to enhance an undergraduate student’s academic skills that need improvement.

Unless exempt, all incoming students must take the TSI Assessment prior to enrolling at Tarleton State University (TSU).

Undergraduate students admitted to TSU after August 26, 2013 will be subject to new TSI requirements, which state the following examinations will no longer satisfy TSI: Accuplacer, THEA, ASSET, and COMPASS

I. TSI Assessment - Exemptions and Waivers

A – Full Exemptions

An undergraduate student is exempt from all TSI requirements under one (or more) of the following conditions:

  • A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
  • A student who transfers from a private or out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by TSU.
  • A student who has previously attended another Texas public institution of higher education and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution. TSI information is often not included on transcripts, so it may be necessary to provide proof of test scores or other documentation.
  • A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three (3) years preceding enrollment.
  • 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 served as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.
B - Partial Exemptions

An undergraduate student is exempt from one or more TSI requirements under the following conditions:

Assessment: Math Exempt Reading/Writing Exempt
ACT (if scores are less than five years old) 19 - Math
w/ 23 Composite
19 - English
w/ 23 - Composite
SAT (if scores are less than five years old) 500 - Math
w/ 1070 Composite
500 - Verbal
w/ 1070 Composite
TAKS (if scores are less than three years old) 2200 - Math 2200 - English Language Arts Scorew/ 3 - Essay Score

*Verbal + Math = SAT Composite Score

C - Temporary Waivers
  • Undergraduate students who are enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less.

IV. About the TSI Assessment:

A - Pre-Assessment Activity – Each student will be required to successfully complete an online TSI pre-assessment activity focused on the following:
  1. importance of assessment in an undergraduate student’s academic career
  2. assessment process and components (with sample test questions)
  3. developmental education options (including course pairing, non-course-based interventions)
  4. institutional and community student resources (including tutoring, transportation, childcare, and financial aid)
B – The Assessment – The assessment is divided into three sections:
  1. The TSI Mathematics and Statistics Test: A multiple-choice assessment covering the key College and Career Readiness Standards focused on elementary algebra, intermediate algebra and functions, geometry and measurement, and data analysis, statistics, and probability.
  2. The TSI Writing Test: A multiple choice assessment covering the key College and Career Readiness Standards focused on essay revision, agreement, sentence structure, and sentence logic.
  3. The TSI Reading Test: A multiple choice assessment covering the key College and Career Readiness Standards focused on literary analysis, main idea and supporting details, inferences in a text or texts, and author’s use of language.
C – TSI College Readiness Scores (with less relevant high school experience)
Timeline Math Reading Writing
Phase 1 – Freshmen Entering Higher Education in Fall 2013 Score: 350 - 390 Score: 351 - 390 Essay Score: 5 - 8
or
Essay Score: 4 w/ Multiple Choice Score: 363 - 390
Phase 2 – Freshmen Entering Higher Education in Fall 2017 Score: 356 - 390 Score: 355 - 390 Essay Score: 5 - 8
or
Essay Score: 4 w/ Multiple Choice Score: 363 - 390
Final Phase – Freshmen Entering Higher Education in Fall 2019 Score: 369 - 390 Score: 359 - 390 Essay Score: 5 - 8
or
Essay Score: 4 w/ Multiple Choice Score: 363 - 390
D – TSI Developmental Education Scores
Timeline Math Reading Writing
Phase 1 – Freshmen Entering Higher Education in Fall 2013 Score: 336 - 349 Score: 342 - 350 Essay Score: 4
or
Essay Score: 4 w/ Multiple Choice Score: 350 - 362
Phase 2 – Freshmen Entering Higher Education in Fall 2017 Score: 336 - 355 Score: 342 - 354 Essay Score: 4
or
Essay Score: 4 w/ Multiple Choice Score: 350 - 362
Final Phase – Freshmen Entering Higher Education in Fall 2019 Score: 336 - 369 Score: 342 - 358 Essay Score: 4
or
Essay Score: 4 w/ Multiple Choice Score: 350 - 362
E – TSI Adult Basic Education Scores
Timeline Math Reading Writing
Freshmen Entering Higher Education in Fall 2013 Score: 310 - 336 Score: 310 - 342 Essay Score: 1-3
or
Essay Score: 1-3 w/ Multiple Choice Score: 349 or lower

V. Developmental Education and Adult Basic Education

A – Developmental Education Courses, Non-Course Based Instruction, and Adult Basic Education

Depending on a student’s scores on the TSI assessment, the student might be required to complete non-course based instruction, developmental education, and/or adult basic education courses in Reading, Math, and Writing. In addition to the aforementioned courses, student will be required to complete non-course based instruction to reinforce concepts from developmental education courses.

Reading and Writing (College-Ready Scores Before the 12th Class Day)
  1. If a student attempts the TSI Reading or Writing exam before the 12th class day and scores above 351, then the English department can enroll the student in an appropriate entry-level freshman course to match their new placement (i.e. – the Accelerated English 111 course for certain students).
  2. After the 12th class day, if the student scores above a 351 to become TSI complete, then the student should still be responsible for the class they enrolled in for the semester. However, their placement will be updated and they will be allowed to enroll in the appropriate entry-level freshman course the following semester regardless of the grade received in their developmental course.
Mathematics (College-Ready Scores Before the 12th Class Day)
  1. If a student attempts the TSI Mathematics exam before the 12th class day and scores above 350, then the Mathematics department can enroll the student in an appropriate entry-level freshman course to match their new placement.
  2. After the 12th class day, if the student scores above a 350 to become TSI complete, then the student should still be responsible for the class they enrolled in for the semester. However, their placement will be updated and they will be allowed to enroll in the appropriate entry-level freshman course the following semester regardless of the grade received in their developmental course.
B – Continuous Enrollment in Developmental Education Courses

Students will need to maintain continuous (repeating the course) enrollment in the developmental education course (UNIV Integrated Reading and Writing Course, Math 100, Math 101, ENGL 100) until they earn a grade of “C” or better. A TSI hold will be placed on students’ accounts if they fail to enroll in the developmental education course.

Students who enroll in and successfully complete an accelerated developmental course will not be subject to the aforementioned requirement.

C – Reading, Writing, and Math – Failure to Meet Minimum Standards on the TSI Assessment
  1. If a student fails to meet the minimum standards for Reading…
    Requirement 1: The Student must Enroll in the Following Course… Requirement 2: If the Mandatory Course is not available, the student must enroll in the following Non-Course Competency-Based Option Once students are enrolled in the Non-Course Competency-Based Option, the student may enroll in the following courses*:
    RDG 100 Academic Support Center - Reading Remediation (this will change to Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW) in the Fall 2014 semester) ENGL 210, 220, 240, 250
    HIST 101, 102, 201, 202
    PHIL 101
    POLS 201, 202

    *only if the student is concurrently enrolled in non-course-based remediation
  2. If a student fails to meet the minimum standards for Writing…
    Requirement 1: The Student must Enroll in the Following Course… Requirement 2: If the Mandatory Course is not available…
    *Reference English placement requirements. The student must enroll the appropriate English course the next semester it is offered.
  3. If a student fails to meet the minimum standards for Mathematics…
    Requirement 1: The Student must Enroll in the Following Course… Requirement 2: If the Mandatory Course is not available, the student must enroll in the following Non-Course Competency-Based Option and Enroll in the Specified Math Course the Next Semester it is offered.
    *Reference Mathematics placement requirements. Academic Support Programs - Mathematics Remediation
D – Determination of College Readiness Through Developmental Education Courses*
Readiness Category “C” or Better in the Following Courses:
Reading/Writing UNIV 1001 – Integrated Reading and Writing Course)
Mathematics Math 101, 107, 108, 110, 111, 118, 120, 131

*The aforementioned courses OR their TCCN Equivalent for Tarleton can be taken to satisfy the TSI requirement. Check with the registrar’s office.)

E – Determination of College Readiness Through Adult Basic Education

*This portion of the TSI plan will be updated in Summer 2014.

VI. Academic Advisement and Plan for Academic Success

  • Each student who does not successfully complete the TSI Assessment due to their cut score, is required to meet with an academic advisor in the Center for Academic Readiness and Success (CARS) office to complete an “iSucceed – Academic Readiness and Success” Plan. The following components (are included, but not limited to) the aforementioned success plan:
  1. Career advising via TSU Career Services
  2. Course-based and/or non-course based education options.
  3. Campus and/or community student support services/resources.
  4. Regular interactions between student and designated point of contact (i.e. – academic advisor, faculty member, peer mentor)
  5. Registration for next semester/next steps
  6. Differentiated placement

VII. – Study Aids

  1. TSI Assessment Study App (for TSI) – Includes interactive practice tests.
  2. TSI Assessment Practice Test – TSI Practice tests are available on the Accuplacer website.