Beginning in fall 2013, the State of Texas will allow only one assessment test to be used to determine a students' Texas Success Initiative status. Previously, Clarendon College offered the ACCUPLACER test to determine college readiness. The new TSI Assessment will replace the ACCUPLACER as Clarendon College's method of assessing a student's TSI status. Student scores on the new TSI Assessment will also be one of several factors considered in placement, student advising, and course enrollment. Students whose TSI status was determined on an older test must enroll in college courses before August 28, 2013 or must plan to test again under the new assessment.
Contact the Office of Student Services to schedule a time to take the new assessment. They will also be happy to assist you with preparing for the assessment including information on participating in review sessions prior to taking the assessment.
Why is this change being made?
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 28, 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 8/28/13 or met a state approved exemption will be subject to the new TSI Assessment requirements. Until this date, we will continue to accept the current TSI approved tests (Compass, Accuplacer, THEA, and ASSET).
The fees for the TSI Assessment are as follows: