Developmental Education and The Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

As of fall 2003, in order to enroll in Texas public institutions of higher education, students must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). The law requires all entering college students to be assessed for college readiness in reading, mathematics and writing unless the student qualifies for an exemption. Each student who fails to meet the minimum passing standard of the exam offered by the institution must be placed in a developmental education program designed to help the student achieve college readiness.

Unless determined Exempt, as of January 11, 2021, all students in the state of Texas are required to complete tests in Math AND in English Language Arts (reading and writing) via the Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2, before enrolling in classes.  The TSIA2 is designed to determine if a student is ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics or if the student needs developmental education courses.  Contact Admissions at 432-837-8051 or 432-837-8053 to verify that your scores have been received.  Testing is scheduled by appointment and administered by Career Services and Testing.  Please call the SRSU Testing Center at 432-837-8178 or 432-837-8357 to schedule a test administration.

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) offers the following developmental education courses:

  • ENG 0309 Basic Integrated Reading and Writing
  • ENG 0310 Integrated Reading and Writing
  • MATH 0314 Introduction to College Algebra
  • MATH 0332 Introduction to Contemporary Math
  • MATH 0342 Introduction to Statistical Methods

TSI Exemptions:

ACT-Composite score of 23 or higher with at least a 19 on the English test and/or math sections.

SAT-A minimum score of 480 in the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) for TSI Reading and Writing requirements; a minimum score of 530 on the Mathematics test for TSI Math.

Military-Veterans and active duty personnel serving for at least 3 years preceding enrollment.

Transfer-Transfer from a private or independent institution or an accredited out-of-state institution and has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution.

Certificate-Enroll in a certificate program of one year or less (Level-One certificates, 42 or fewer semester credit hours or the equivalent) at a public community college, a public technical institute, or a public state college.


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