TDCJ TSI Assessments

Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0

The Texas Assessment Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) is the assessment instrument used to determine college readiness for non-exempt students, as required by the Texas Success Initiative.  TSIA2 helps determine whether you are ready for college-level coursework in English language arts and reading (ELAR) and mathematics.  These are foundational subjects for your other college coursework.  The results of TSIA2, in conjunction with your academic background, goals, and interests, are used by academic advisers and counselors to place you in the appropriate courses that match your achievement level.

The tests in TSIA2 either certify you as "college ready" (or TSI-met/complete) in a subject area or provide a diagnostic profile regarding your academic strengths and weaknesses so that targeted instruction may be provided to help you succeed in college-level courses.  TSIA2 contains multiple-choice questions aligned to Texas College and Career Readiness Standards, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills,  Adult Education and Literacy Content Standards 2.0, and National Reporting System Educational Functioning Levels.  The ELAR Test also contains an essay component you must complete to be considered college-ready in ELAR.   TSAI2 produces a numeric scale score ranging from 910-990.  

The assessments are untimed, which means there is no time limit on how long you can take to complete testing.  Remember to allow yourself enough time to consider your answer to each question - your test results will be used by advisers in determining the course or courses in which you can enroll.

Unsatisfactory

A student whose performance is below the minimum passing standard set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) for a tested skill area must participate in developmental education, corequisite program in accordance with the servicing college’s developmental policy. The corequisite studies program is intended to assist students in acquiring the essential skills needed to succeed in college. All students are expected to do their utmost to complete the corequisite and paired credit courses within one semester. Students may earn an A, B, C, D, or F in the paired courses.  Grades of A, B, C, and D will result in the student being considered TSI complete. 

For individual advisement regarding TSI policy as it applies to you, contact a TVCC enrollment coordinator via an I-60 “Offender Request to Official” form.

Satisfactory

Students scoring satisfactorily on all parts of the TSIA2 test will be allowed to matriculate through the college as described in this catalog.

REQUIRED INSTITUTIONAL PLACEMENT TESTS FOR VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS

The Windham School System will administer the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) regularly throughout the year.

To enroll in a college career and technical education (CTE) course, the student must take the appropriate level TABE and score the minimum test score for the respective workforce program.  Minimum scores are established by the policy of the Rehabilitation Programs Division of the TDCJ.

Blocked Courses

Some academic courses are blocked based on TSI requirements. Generally, a student must pass the appropriate section on an approved TSI test or complete the required developmental course sequence in order to have course blocks removed from their degree plan. Blocked courses in each TSI area (reading, writing, and math) are outlined below: (Business and CTE college credit courses are not blocked based on TSI requirements)

Students must be TSI complete in reading to enroll in the following courses:

ARTS-1301Art Appreciation3
ARTS-1303Art History I (prehistoric to the 14th Century3
ARTS-1304Art History II (14th Century to the Present)ÿ3
BIOL-1406Biology for Science Majors I4
BIOL-1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BIOL-1411General Botany4
BIOL-1413General Zoology4
BIOL-2401Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL-2402Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIOL-2404Anatomy and Physiology (single-Semester) Course)4
BIOL-2420Microbiology for Non-Science Majors4
BIOL-2421Microbiology for Science Majors4
CHEM-1405Introductory Chemistry I4
CHEM-1406Introductory Chemistry I for Allied Health4
CHEM-1407Introductory Chemistry II4
CHEM-1411General Chemistry I4
CHEM-1412General Chemistry II4
CHEM-2423Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM-2425Organic Chemistry II4
DRAM-1310Theater Appreciation3
DRAM-2366Film Appreciation3
ECON-2301Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON-2302Principles of Microeconomics3
MUSI-1306Music Appreciation3
MUSI-1307Music Literature3
SPCH-1321Business and Professional Communication3
PHYS-1415Physical Science I4
PHYS-1417Physical Science II4

 Students must be TSI complete in reading and writing to enroll in the following courses:

ENGL-1302Composition II3
ENGL-2322British Literature Iÿ3
ENGL-2323British Literature II3
ENGL-2327American Literature Iÿ3
ENGL-2328American Literature II3
ENGL-2332World Literature Iÿ3
ENGL-2333World Literature II3

Students must be TSI Algebraic complete in math to enroll in the following courses:

ACCT-2401Principles of Financial Accounting4
ACCT-2402Principles of Managerial Accounting4
BIOL-1406Biology for Science Majors I4
BIOL-1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BIOL-1411General Botany4
BIOL-1413General Zoology4
CHEM-1407Introductory Chemistry II4
CHEM-1411General Chemistry I4
CHEM-1412General Chemistry II4
CHEM-2423Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM-2425Organic Chemistry II4
MATH-1324Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences3
MATH-1325Calculus for Business and Social Sciences3
MATH-1350Mathematics for Teachers I (fundamentals of Mathematics I)3
MATH-1351Mathematics for Teachers II (fundamentals of Mathematics Ii)3
MATH-2320Differential Equationsÿ3
MATH-2312Pre-Calculus Math3
MATH-2413Calculus I4
MATH-2414Calculus II4
MATH-2415Calculus III4
MATH-2318Linear Algebra3
PHYS-1401College Physics I4
PHYS-1402College Physics II4
PHYS-2425University Physics I4
PHYS-2426University Physics II4

MATH

Students must be TSI non-algebraic complete in math to enroll in the following courses:

CHEM-1405Introductory Chemistry I4
CHEM-1406Introductory Chemistry I for Allied Health4
CHEM-1407Introductory Chemistry II4