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Texas Success Initiative Report (CBM002)


TEXAS SUCCESS INITIATIVE REPORT

CBM002


Reporting requirements for the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) were reviewed and revised in 2008. Resulting changes are reflected in the reporting instructions included in this manual, effective beginning in the spring 2009 semester. Coordinating Board rules relating to TSI remain unchanged. These rules can be found in Chapter 4, Subchapter C at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Rules/.
The revised CBM002 is designed to serve several purposes, including providing useful data for TSI evaluation. This report will supply more specific information about developmental education coursework than was available on previous reports. As in the past, some general information about all undergraduates is also collected, such as undergraduate GPA and performance in first college-level courses in TSI-related subject areas.
This report must be submitted by all Texas public higher education institutions. All undergraduate students attempting credit hours are required to be reported as well as any other students specified by TSI requirements, including transfer students who are registered for one or more Coordinating Board approved courses during the reporting period. Institutions should include students in credit certificate programs, but exclude students in continuing education programs. Students who withdraw prior to or on the official census date are not included.
Every undergraduate student reported on the CBM001 needs to be on the CBM002. Flex students should be reported on the CBM002 in the semester in which the flex course(s) are reported on the CBM001. If a student is also taking non-flex courses in that semester, the student must be reported twice on the CBM001 and twice on the CBM002. For example, if a student takes a flex course from November to December and another from December to January, these hours are reported on a CBM001 and a CBM002 report for the student in the spring semester. If the student also takes regular semester credit hours in the spring (whether developmental education or college-level) those hours are reported as a separate record on CBM001 and CBM002 reports for the same spring semester.
Some students may be reported on the CBM002 who are not on the CBM001. For example, a student who receives an incomplete in a course may be reported again on the CBM002 for the semester that the student actually completed the course, but not on the CBM001 since the student had already been reported for that course in a prior semester.
The report incorporates information known about students as of the end of the semester; however, some items request information about a student’s status at the beginning of the semester or on the census date. For flex courses reported in a later semester (courses that begin after the census date or end after the semester concludes), report the students’ status at the beginning of the first/earliest flex course taken (see “Reporting Period Definitions” and “Flexible Entry” on page 2.9 for more information).
The CBM002 report must have a record for each semester that an undergraduate student attends the reporting institution. The reporting institution must submit a CBM002 record for each undergraduate for each semester the student attends the institution. All fields must be completed; however, options for indicating that information was previously reported, reported by another institution, or not applicable are available for many items. This should reduce repetition across reporting periods. For new students coming into the system, it is important that institutions provide all requested information that has not otherwise been reported to ensure that students’ status and progress can be evaluated. For students who have been reported on a previous CBM002, if additional information requested on the report is not readily available for a student, use the previously reported or not applicable responses as appropriate.

Exemptions
There are several types of TSI exemptions. Some are blanket exemptions which exempt students from TSI requirements in all sections (math, reading, and writing). This includes students with the requisite military service (honorably discharged, retired, or released) or students with an earned associate or baccalaureate degree. Others provide exemption on a section by section basis. This includes students taking ACT/SAT/TAKS tests and students who have completed college-level courses, such as transfer students. For these exemptions, students may be excused from one, two, or all TSI sections depending on test performance (ACT, SAT, TAKS) or the determination of the receiving institution. When qualifying test scores are achieved on more than one test, the reporting institution may choose which scores to report.



  • Earned degrees: A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.




  • ACT/SAT/ TAKS: A student who meets the exemption standards and whose ACT, SAT, or TAKS scores are active (have not expired). Appropriate ACT and SAT test scores are valid for exemption purposes for exactly five years from the qualifying test date. Exit Level TAKS scores are valid for exactly three years.

ACT, SAT, and TAKS exemption standards are:




      • ACT: For active tests, a composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English and/or the mathematics tests shall exempt a student for the corresponding section(s).




      • SAT: For active tests, a combined critical reading (verbal) and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test and/or the mathematics tests shall exempt a student for the corresponding section(s). For the new SAT tests that include a writing component, ignore the writing section when evaluating a SAT exemption until the Coordinating Board approves the passing standard for writing.




      • TAKS (Eleventh Grade Exit Level): A minimum scale score of 2200 on the math 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 exempt a student from the corresponding section(s).




  • AP and IB Scores/Dual Credit Grades: A student who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework in a related field using AP scores, IB scores, or dual credit grades, as determined by the receiving institution.




  • Transfers: A student who transfers to a Texas public institution of higher education 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.




  • Military: A student who:







  • is serving as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least the three-year period preceding enrollment; or




  • 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 or (b) service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.




  • Previous TASP exemptions should only be used for exemptions granted prior to September 1, 2003 for:




  • grand-fathering - any student with at least three college-level semester credit hours or the equivalent from an accredited institution accumulated prior to the fall semester 1989;




  • deaf students who have three or more college-level hours or the equivalent from an accredited institution prior to September 1, 1995;




  • high school graduates with 3.5 or above GPA in Recommended or Advanced Curriculum (effective from September 1, 2001 to August 31, 2003); or




  • students who completed TASP obligation via provision TEC 51.306(u), dyslexia, and other related disorders (effective from September 1, 1995 to August 31, 2003).


Waivers
“Waiver” is a term that is used for TSI reporting purposes. The term applies to selected categories which are termed “exemptions/exceptions” in the TSI rules and apply to a student during the semester for which the report is being submitted, but might not apply to that student in a later semester. For the purposes of reporting, the term waiver is also used for dual credit students who have not met TSI obligations but have permission to take dual credit courses under dual credit rules. Students with a waiver should be reported as “0” (no, not satisfied or obligation is waived) on item #20 and the waiver status should be reported in item #21 as ‘6’ or ‘7’ for every reporting period that the waiver applies. If a student in a waiver category has satisfied or permanently exempted TSI standards, the institution should report the student as having satisfied or exempted TSI standards using the appropriate codes.
Most waivers apply to all sections of TSI (math, reading, and writing). However, the dual credit waiver allows current dual credit students to use eligible test results to waive TSI requirements for corresponding sections. Students who have met TSI obligations/exemption standards for all areas in which they are currently taking dual credit courses should be reported as ‘0’ on item #12, and the qualifying exemptions/met obligations scores should be reported for the appropriate subject area(s). Students who have met dual credit waiver requirements but have not met TSI obligations should be reported as ‘2’under item #12, with subject area waiver information provided in items #21A, #41A, and #61A, as applicable.
When TSI-related test or course information is available for students who have been granted a waiver, institutions should report this information on the CBM002. However, there is one exception to this rule. If a dual credit student in grade 11 or lower is administered a placement test and does not meet the TSI standard, the institution should not report the student’s TSI placement score/s, but rather report ‘0’ in items #22A, #42A, and/or #62A. Initial scores used for TSI placement should be reported the first time the student meets the standard, or after the student has completed grade 11 or higher.

Students may be reported as waived from the TSI requirements under the following circumstances:




  • Non-degree-seeking or non-certificate-seeking students:

An institution of higher education may waive the requirements of the TSI for non-degree-seeking or non-certificate-seeking students.




  • Certificate programs of one year or less:

TSI requirements do not apply to students in Level-One certificate programs. Level-One certificates consist of at least 15 but no more than 42 semester credit hours (23-63 quarter hours) designed to be completed in one year or less.




  • Military:



TSI requirements do not apply to a student who:


  • is serving on active-duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard;




  • is serving as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least the three-year period preceding enrollment; or




  • Dual credit enrollment via approved score (waiver for current dual credit students):




  • Eligibility for students to take academic dual credit courses during their junior and senior years is established if the student receives a minimum scale score of 2200 on the math section and/or a minimum scale score of 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3 on the tenth grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test. PSAT/ NMSQT and PLAN tests can also be used to establish eligibility for high school students to take academic dual credit courses during the junior year (see dual credit rules for score requirements).




  • A high school student is eligible to enroll in workforce education dual credit courses in the eleventh and/or twelfth grade if the student demonstrates that he or she has achieved the minimum high school passing standard on the Mathematics section and/or the English Language Arts section on the tenth or eleventh grade TAKS.




  • A student who is granted a TSI waiver to take dual credit courses while still in high school based on eligible scores is not exempt from TSI. However, if the student receives an A, B, or C in an applicable dual credit course, the receiving higher education institution may determine that TSI obligations have been met.

Other provisions also apply to dual credit students.


For more information, see http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/OS/DevEd/dualcredit.cfm. The Coordinating Board rules that apply to dual credit requirements can be found in Chapter 4, Subchapter D, Section 4.85 at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Rules/.

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