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Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Policy Status and Authority
Sectors with a multiple measures policy: Both 2 Year and 4 Year Sectors
Policy Status: In Place
The policy is based on (statute, regulation and/or system policy):

Statute (Texas Education Code §51.3062) and Admin. Rule (§4.54-56)

When the policy was first adopted: 2013
Is the policy mandatory or optional? Mandatory
Do the measures vary or are they uniform across campuses?

Uniform for college ready students; varies for placement of non-exempt students

Do the measures vary or are they uniform across degrees/pathways?

Uniform

What subjects are using multiple measures for placement?
  • reading
  • writing
  • math
Measures Included in the Policy
Measures required to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests Standardized Tests ACT, SAT, Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS), Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), STAAR end-of-course, and TSI Assessment (placement and diagnostic test)
High School Achievement Measures Course completion
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays Course completion Military service, enrollment in a Level 1 certificate program
Measures optional or recommended to be accepted for placement under the multiple measures policy: Standardized Tests Institutions must use at least one or more of these measures to place non-exempt students:
  • High school GPA/class ranking;
  • Prior academic coursework and/or workplace experiences;
  • Non-cognitive factors (e.g., motivation, self-efficacy); and
  • Family-life issues (e.g., job, childcare, transportation)
High School Achievement Measures Institutions must use at least one or more of these measures to place non-exempt students:
  • High school GPA/class ranking;
  • Prior academic coursework and/or workplace experiences;
  • Non-cognitive factors (e.g., motivation, self-efficacy); and
  • Family-life issues (e.g., job, childcare, transportation)
Non-Cognitive Measures and Essays Institutions must use at least one or more of these measures to place non-exempt students:
  • High school GPA/class ranking;
  • Prior academic coursework and/or workplace experiences;
  • Non-cognitive factors (e.g., motivation, self-efficacy); and
  • Family-life issues (e.g., job, childcare, transportation)
If a statewide high school standards-based assessment is included, is it aligned to the Common Core?

Not applicable; Texas did not adopt the Common Core State Standards

Were cut scores for the measures determined by the system or state?

Yes

The placement process using these measures:

Students attending Texas public institutions of higher education must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) in order to enroll in public institutions of higher education. The law requires all entering college students to take the TSI Assessment in reading, mathematics and writing unless the student qualifies for an exemption.

  • ACT: A student with a composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test shall be exempt for both the reading and writing and/or 19 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment.
  • SAT: A student with a minimum score of 480 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and/or 530 on the Mathematics section shall be exempt from the appropriate section of the TSI Assessment.
  • Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS): minimum scale score of 1770 on the writing test, a Texas Learning Index (TLI) of 86 on the mathematics test and 89 on the reading test.
  • Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS): minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3.
  • STAAR end-of-course (EOC): A student with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt for both reading and writing and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section.
  • Military service: 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 years preceding enrollment or a student who 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 service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States is exempt.
  • Career/Technical Education: Students enrolled in a Level 1 Certificate Program are exempt.
  • Course completion: A student who successfully completes a college preparatory course is exempt for a period of twenty-four (24) months from the date of high school graduation with respect to the content area of the course. The student must enroll in the student’s first college-level course in the exempted content area in the student’s first year of enrollment in an institution of higher education. This exemption applies only at the institution of higher education that partners with the school district in which the student is enrolled to provide the course.

 

In addition, an institution may grant a temporary waiver from the TSI Assessment for LEP students in order to provide appropriate ESOL/ESL coursework and interventions. The waiver must be removed after the student attempts 15 credit hours of developmental ESOL coursework or prior to enrolling in entry-level freshman coursework, whichever comes first; then the TSI Assessment (TSIA) will be administered to the student.

For students who must take the TSI Assessment (TSIA), the following college readiness benchmarks are used:

  • Reading – 351
  • Mathematics – 350
  • Writing – placement score of at least 350 and an essay score of at least a 5. Other demonstrations of writing college readiness include a placement score of at least 363 and an essay score of 4, or a placement score of less than 350, an ABE Diagnostic level of at least a 4, and an essay score of at least a 5.

For the placement of non-exempt students, institutions shall use for determination of appropriate courses and/or interventions the TSI Assessment results and accompanying Diagnostic Profile, along with consideration of one or more of the following:

(1) High school Grade Point Average (institutionally determined) and class ranking;

(2) Prior academic coursework and/or workplace experiences;

(3) Non-cognitive factors (e.g., motivation, self-efficacy); and

(4) Family-life issues (e.g., job, childcare, transportation, finances).

Multiple measures policy documents: