Texas Register Preamble

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) proposes amendments to §§4.53, 4.54, 4.57, and 4.60, concerning the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), to clarify definitions, specify scores for TSI exemptions, remove phase-in scores for the TSI Assessment, and clarify annual reporting by institutions. Specifically, the amendment to §4.53(1) clarifies the term "Acceleration." The amendment to §4.54(23) removes reference to phase-in scores. The amendment to §4.54(a)(3)(B) specifies the STAAR EOC English III and Algebra II score for TSI exemptions. The amendment to §4.57 removes references to phase-in scores and clarifies use of diagnostic results, and the amendment to §4.60 clarifies that the annual Developmental Education Program Survey (DEPS) is used to help evaluate statewide developmental education practices.

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 rules.

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 more consistent and clear 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, 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 to the rules 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.

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