Student Handbook
Student Handbook



Texas Success Initiatives

   Program (TSI) 



Texas Success Initiative exempts students based on two criteria that Laredo College will define as Exemption Level I and Exemption Level II. The Level I exemption is based on performance measures achieved by students on an assessment instrument approved by the Coordinating Board. Level II exemptions are based on conditions/situations that may change and/or vary. In addition, TSI allows institutions of higher education greater flexibility to adopt more stringent and appropriate assessment standards with respect to student readiness and their population.


Laredo College students who are exempt as the result of performance measures (Level I) will not be required further assessment and are considered College Level Ready when they achieve the standard score established by the Coordinating Board.



Effective SSI 2005, students can receive partial exemption when they achieve the composite score or total score along with the minimal subject score in that area.


The following National/State normed assessment instruments are approved by the Coordinating Board:


1.    ACT: Composite = 23; minimum score of 19 in Math and/or English (5 year limitation from test date).

2.    SAT Total score = 1070; minimum score of 500 in Math and/or Writing (5 year limitation from test date).

3.    TAKS English/Language Arts = 2200; WSAM 3+ and/or Math = 2200 (3 year limitation from test date).

4.    STAAR End of Course (EOC) English III = 4000/Level 2 and/or Algebra II = 4000/Level 2 (valid for 5 years from test date)

5.    Student with an A.A. or B.A. degree from an accredited college or university.


Students exempt by TSI based on situations/conditions (Level II) that can change and/or vary, may be subject to Laredo College Assessment and placement policy. The following conditions/situations exempt students from TSI but may require LC assessment and placement:


1.   Transfer students who have satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by LC.


2.   Students who have attended any institution of higher learning and have been determined to have met "college-level" readiness.


3.   Students enrolled in one year certificates.


4.   Students serving or have served in the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard. Specifically:


a.    A student who is serving on active duty as a member of:

 a. the armed forces of the United States; or

 b. the Texas National Guard

b.    A student who is currently serving as and, for at least the three-year period preceding enrollment, has served as member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States; or



c.    A student who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired or released from:


a.     active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard.


b.     service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.


For more information regarding the Texas Success Initiative Program, you may call the Student Success Center at (956) 721-5135 or (956) 794.4135. TCOMP testing dates and registration information are available in the Assessment, Enrollment & Registration Services and Student Success Centers. *Laredo College has determined that a student in College Level Ready when the student has obtained the required passing test score on an approved assessment instrument OR has completed the remediation sequence in a failed area(s) of the assessment.