SECTION EH.1


INSTRUCTION
TESTING

Procedure


TEXAS SUCCESS INITIATIVE (TSI)


Navarro College shall assess the academic skills of each entering undergraduate student to determine the student’s readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework prior to enrollment of the student.   Navarro College may not use the assessment or the results of the assessment as a condition of admission to the institution, though certain closed programs within the college may use the assessment results as a condition of admittance to the program.

As Navarro College offers collegiate-level credit to students via a Midlothian Higher Education Center (MHERC), and to in-state students by distance learning delivery systems, the college shall ensure that students are assessed as required by this policy.

 


PRE-ASSESSMENT


Prior to the administration of an approved instrument, Navarro College shall provide to the student a pre-assessment activity that addresses at a minimum the following components in an effective and efficient manner, such as through workshops, orientations, and/or online modules:0)

A. Importance of assessment in students’ academic career.

B. Assessment process and components, including practice with feedback of sample test questions in all disciplinary areas.

C. Developmental education options including course-pairing, non-course-based, modular, and other non-conventional interventions.

D. Institutional and/or community student resources (e.g., tutoring, transportation, childcare, and financial aid).


ASSESSMENT INSTRUMENTS


Beginning Fall 2013, Navarro College required the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment offered by the College Board as the only Coordinating Board-approved assessment instrument under this title.  Any previously employed assessments (ACCUPLACER, Compass, THEA, Asset, Compass ESL, or ACCUPLACER ESL) can no longer be used for entering students who initially enroll in any course on or after that date.


MINIMUM STANDARDS


The following minimum passing standards (also known as “cut scores”) for reading and mathematics on the TSI Assessment shall be used by an institution to determine a student’s readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework:0)

A. Phase I as defined in 19 Administrative Code 4.53(21) – Reading 351; Mathematics 350;

B. Phase II as defined in 19 Administrative Code 4.53(21) – Reading 355; Mathematics 356; and

C. Final Phase as defined in 19 Administrative Code 4.53(21) – Reading 359; Mathematics 369.

The following standards on the TSI Assessment will be used by the College for consideration of courses and/or interventions addressing the educational and training needs of students at the Adult Basic Education (ABE) levels (at or below the following cut scores, with no phase-in period):

A. Reading 342;

B. Writing 350; and

C. Mathematics 336.

The Phase I, II, and Final Phase college readiness passing standard for the writing portion of the TSI Assessment is an essay score of 5.  However, an essay score of 4 will meet this standard if the student also meets the multiple choice writing standard of 363.

Determination of applicable Phase I, II, and Final Phase standards as defined above is based on the student’s initial TSI Assessment testing date in any subject area.  TSI Assessment results are valid for five years from the date of testing.


TSI ASSESSMENT TIME PERIODS


For phase-in of TSI Assessment college-ready standards, the following time periods shall be applicable:

A. Phase I–Start date: institution’s first class day of fall 2013; expiration: the day immediately before the first class day of fall 2017;

B. Phase II–Start date: institution’s first class day of fall 2017; expiration: the day immediately before the first class day of fall 2019; and

C. Final Phase–Start date: institution’s first class day of fall 2019; no expiration.


ADVISING PROGRAM


Navarro College has established a program to advise students regarding coursework and other means by which students can develop the academic skills required to successfully complete college-level work.  All students who require remediation based upon test scores are required to meet with an academic advisor each semester prior to registration so long as the remediation requirement remains.


REMEDIATION


For holistic placement of non-exempt students not meeting standards above, Navarro College shall use for determination of appropriate courses and/or interventions the TSI Assessment results and accompanying Diagnostic Profile, along with consideration of one or more of the following:

A. High school grade point average/class ranking;

B. Prior academic coursework and/or workplace experiences;

C. Non-cognitive factors (e.g., motivation, self-efficacy); and

D. Family-life issues (e.g., job, childcare, transportation, finances).


DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES (PASS PROGRAM)


If a student fails to meet the assessment standards, Navarro College will work with the student to develop a plan to assist the student in becoming ready to perform freshman-level academic coursework.  The plan will include enrolling a student in developmental coursework as considered necessary to address a student’s deficiencies in the student’s readiness to perform freshman-level academic coursework.


DETERMINATION OF READINESS FOR TRANSFER COURSES


Navarro College shall determine when a student is ready to perform entry-level freshman coursework using:0)

A. Developmental education coursework and/or intervention learning outcomes developed by the Coordinating Board based on the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards; and

B. Student performance on one or more appropriate assessments, including scores resulting from a student’s retaking of the TSI Assessment.

As indicators of readiness, the college shall consider, as appropriate: .

A. Performance in developmental education.

B. Performance in appropriate non-developmental coursework.

A student may retake an assessment instrument, subject to availability of the testing center, at any time to determine readiness to perform entry-level freshman coursework.

Navarro College shall, as soon as practicable and feasible, indicate a student’s readiness in reading, mathematics, and writing on the transcript of each student.


REPORTING


At the end of each semester, Navarro College shall report on the Developmental Education Program Survey (DEPS) to the Coordinating Board the following information for undergraduate students: social security number, semester credit hours, grade points earned, ethnicity, gender, date of birth, TSI status, initial assessment instrument, score on initial assessment, type of developmental education received for each area (reading, mathematics, writing), grade in first related non-developmental course, and the results of any subsequent assessment.

Navarro College shall analyze and report to the Coordinating Board, on a schedule to be determined by the commissioner, the fiscal and/or instructional impacts of the following on student outcomes:

A. Technological delivery of developmental education courses that allows students to complete coursework;

B. Diagnostic assessments to determine a student’s specific educational needs to allow for appropriate developmental instruction;

C. Modular developmental education course materials;

D. Use of tutors and instructional aides to supplement developmental education course instruction as needed for particular students;

E. Internal monitoring mechanisms used to identify a student’s area(s) of academic difficulty;

F. Periodic updates of developmental education course materials; and

G. Assessments after completion of a developmental education intervention to determine a student’s readiness for entry-level academic coursework.


EXEMPTIONS


As part of the admission process at Navarro College, all degree-seeking students will be administered a state-approved placement instrument unless he/she is exempt. Students are exempt who demonstrate:

SAT or ACT SCORES

For a period of five years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards that cannot be raised by institutions:

A. ACT: composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test shall be exempt for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or 19 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment; or

B. SAT: a combined critical reading (formerly “verbal”) and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or 500 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment.

State assessments

For a period of five years from the date of testing, a student who is tested and performs at or above the following standards that cannot be raised by institutions:

A. TAKS
On the eleventh grade exit-level Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) with a minimum scale score of 2200 on the mathematics section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English language arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3, shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under Title 19 for those corresponding sections; or

B. STAAR End-of-course assessments (EOC)
STAAR end-of-course (EOC) with a minimum score of Level 2 on the English III shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for both reading and writing, and a minimum score of Level 2 on the Algebra II EOC shall be exempt from the TSI Assessment required under this title for the mathematics section.

College-level experience

A. A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.

B. A student who transfers to Navarro College  from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by the receiving institution.

C. A student who has previously attended any institution and has been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.

Military Experience

 A. A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or for at least the three-year period preceding enrollment, as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States; or

B. A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.


CASUAL STUDENT


Persons enrolled as part-time, non-degree seeking students shall be defined as a “casual student”. Such students will be allowed to enroll in non-stratified courses without being required to enroll in developmental classes.


ESOL WAIVER


Navarro College may grant a temporary waiver from the assessment required under this title for students with demonstrated limited English proficiency in order to provide appropriate English Speakers of Other Languages/English as a Second Language (ESOL/ESL) coursework and interventions.  The waiver must be removed prior to the student attempting 15 credit hours of developmental ESOL coursework or attempting entry-level freshman coursework, whichever comes first, at which time the student would be administered the TSI Assessment.


CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS


Students enrolling in a Level I certificate program that includes less than 9 credit hours of general education courses are waived from placement testing. A student may not enroll in any courses outside the certificate curriculum without completing the placement test. If a stratified course is required in the degree plan for the certificate (i.e., English 1301), the student must successfully complete the associated component of a placement test before enrolling in the credit course. If the student fails the associated component, he/she must be remediated according to the Navarro College Developmental Education Plan.

 


STRATIFIED COURSES


Stratified courses are those that require a passing score on the related section of the placement test as a prerequisite to enroll. Stratified courses include:

A. History 1301; History 1302; Government 2305; Government 2306; Psychology 2301; any 2000-level literature course. A student must have passed the reading component of the placement test or successfully completed the remediation sequence for developmental reading before enrolling in any of these courses.

B. English 1301. A student must have passed the writing component of the placement test or successfully completed the remediation sequence for developmental reading before enrolling in this course.

C. All college-level mathematics courses. A student must have passed the mathematics component of the placement test or successfully completed the remediation sequence for developmental math before enrolling in any college-level mathematics course.

Students who have failed only the math section of the placement test may enroll in a minimester course that is not math related or in a developmental math course


Date Issued: January 22, 2015