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Texas Success Initiative

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What is Texas Success Initiative?

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a legislatively mandated program designed to guide Texas public institutions of higher education in helping determine whether entering, non-exempt students are ready for entry-level college coursework in the areas of English Language Arts Reading (ELAR) and mathematics. 

The TSI program is designed to determine whether students are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Incoming college students in Texas are required to take the TSI assessment -unless they are exempt- to determine their readiness for college-level work. Based on students' performance on the TSIA, they may either be enrolled in a college-level course and/or be placed in an appropriate developmental course or intervention to improve their skills and prepare them for success in college-level courses.e.

Entering students who do not meet a TSI exemption will need to take the TSI assessment. Students who do not meet one or more of the established benchmarks of the TSI assessment are required to receive developmental education academic support as determined by the institution.