TITLE 19. EDUCATION

PART 1. TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD

CHAPTER 4. RULES APPLYING TO ALL PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN TEXAS

SUBCHAPTER C. TEXAS SUCCESS INITIATIVE

19 TAC §4.57

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes amendments to §4.57, concerning the Texas Success Initiative, to incorporate into existing rules changes that address the college readiness benchmark for the writing section of the TSI Assessment.

R. Jerel Booker, J.D., Assistant Commissioner for College Readiness and Success, has determined that for each year of the first five years the section is in effect, there will not be any fiscal implications for state or local governments as a result of enforcing or administering the rule.

Mr. Booker has also determined that for each of the first five years the section is in effect, the public benefit anticipated as a result of administering the section will be a more consistent application of the Texas Success Initiative.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Jerel Booker, J.D., P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711 or via email in care of Suzanne Morales-Vale, Ph.D., who may be reached at suzanne.morales-vale@thecb.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register.

The amendments are proposed under Texas Education Code (TEC), §51.3062 which provides the Coordinating Board with the authority to establish policies and procedures relating to the TSI, and §51.307, which provides the Coordinating Board with the authority to adopt and publish rules and regulations to effectuate the provisions of Chapter 51, Subchapter F of the TEC.

The amendments affect TEC, §51.3062.

§4.57.College Ready Standards.

(a) Effective the institution's first class day of fall 2017, the [The] following minimum passing standards (also known as "cut scores") for reading, mathematics, and writing on the TSI Assessment shall be used by an institution to determine a student's readiness to enroll in entry-level freshman coursework:

(1) - (2) (No change).

(3) Writing:

(A) a placement score of at least 340 [350 ], and an essay score of at least 4 [5]; or

(B) a placement score of less than 340 and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4 and an essay score of at least 5. [a placement score of at least 363, and an essay score of 4; or]

[(C) a placement score of less than 350, and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, and an essay score of at least 5.]

(b) (No change).

(c) An institution shall not require higher or lower college readiness standards on any or all portions of the TSI Assessment to determine a student's readiness to enroll in entry-level freshman coursework [course].

(d) For a student with an existing plan for academic success as required in §4.58, the institution must revise the plan as needed to align with the college readiness standards as defined in subsection (a) of this section. [TSI Assessment results are valid for five (5) years from date of testing.]

(e) TSI Assessment results are valid for five (5) years from date of testing.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority to adopt.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on May 15, 2017.

TRD-201701956

Bill Franz

General Counsel

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Earliest possible date of adoption: June 25, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 427-6104