Students attending Texas public institutions of higher education must be in compliance with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). The state of Texas assesses entering college students for college readiness in reading, mathematics, and writing unless they qualify for an exemption, exception, or waiver. Students who do not meet the minimum passing standards of the exam must complete a college readiness/academic program designed to help them achieve college readiness.
As of fall 2014, the TSIA identifies students as
- College Ready—Eligible for college-level coursework
- Developmental Education (Dev Ed or DE)—Eligible for Dev Ed Interventions
- Adult Basic Education (ABE)—Eligible for ABE Interventions at Community and Technical Colleges
The mission of developmental education at A&M-Texarkana is to facilitate the academically challenging, engaging, and rewarding growth and scholarly development of students whose assessment scores indicate they need our services to help them sharpen their skills, enable them to satisfy the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA), and ensure they enroll and succeed in college level courses.
- To facilitate various Developmental Education interventions
- To assist students in satisfying the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
- To comply with the state-required acceleration changes
- To meet student learning outcomes in math, reading, and writing
- To provide adequate academic support for students