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Benchmark 5: Academic Rigor and Readiness

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Benchmark 5: Academic Rigor and Readiness

Purpose of Academic Rigor and Readiness

The Early College High School shall administer a Texas Success Initiative (TSI) college placement exam (as defined by TAC §4.53) to all accepted ECHS students to assess college readiness, design individual instructional support plans, and enable students to begin college courses based on their performance on the exam.

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Design Elements

All ECHSs must implement and meet the following requirements:

  1. The ECHS shall provide a TSI assessment to accepted students as early as incoming 9th graders (however, not as a prerequisite for admissions to the ECHS).
    1. The ECHS shall implement a plan for TSI success, including academic preparation classes for accepted students, academic interventions for students who do not pass TSI, and assessments fee waivers for all administrations of the TSI test.
    2. The ECHS shall publish on their website the dates, time, and location that the TSI will be administered.
    3. The ECHS shall review TSI testing data, particularly the number/percentage of students who have currently passed each section of the TSI assessment, to ensure the ECHS is on track to meeting outcomes-based measures (see below).
  2. The ECHS is a TSI assessment site, or is in the process of becoming a TSI assessment site, allowing frequent testing and access to raw data that can be used to identify student weaknesses, and create tailored interventions and individualized instructional plans to improve student readiness and success.
    1. The ECHS shall provide opportunities throughout the year to take the TSI assessment.
    2. The ECHS shall leverage diagnostic data to prescribe accelerated instruction to support students.
    3. Interventions (e.g., tutorials, workshops, testing strategies) and accelerated instruction shall be provided before retesting students.
  3. The ECHS provides a bridge program (an intensive academic preparation program that provides opportunities to strengthen academic skills necessary for high school and college readiness) to prepare students for TSI and provide academic interventions for those who do not pass TSI.

Activities

  • All products shall be published on the ECHS’s website and be made available to TEA upon request.
  • All products shall be maintained in accordance with the local records retention policy.

Products

  • Calendar of TSI scheduled test administration dates, sign-up process, and intervention expectations
  • Aggregate reports of TSI exam performance
  • Tutoring and bridge program schedules
  • Bridge program curriculum

Resources

School Design, panel discussion

Transcript of the video panel discussion of Benchmark 5: School Design.

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Academic Rigor and Readiness, panel discussion

Video discussion on meeting benchmark 5 from two ECHS veterans, Dr. Janice Lombardi, principal, Trini Garza Early College High School, Dallas ISD, and Dr. Tracie S. Rodriguez, principal Collegiate High School and Branch Academy, Corpus Christi ISD.

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Tags: ECHS, TSI

Academic Rigor and Readiness, panel discussion

Transcript of the video panel discussion of Benchmark 5: Academic Rigor and Readiness.

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2020 Summit: College and Career Preparation Assessment

A session from the 2020 CCRSM Leadership Summit. Receive an introductory overview on industry-based certifications and college preparation assessments (SAT, ACT, and TSIA).

Tags: Testing, TSI

Academic Readiness- Victory ECHS, Aldine ISD

Presentation on Benchmark 5: Academic Rigor and Readiness.

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Building an Early College High School Student Data Management System

Presentation overview of how to build early college high school student data management systems.

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Building an Early College High School Student Data Management System

Building an ECHS Student Data Management System handout

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Building an Early College High School Student Data Management System

Interlocal Agreement between South Texas College and Pharr San Juan Alamo Independent School District on data and privacy confidentiality.

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Standing Strong as a Stand Alone

Presentation overview of PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD.

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Tags: Campus, ECHS

The Texas Success Initiative and College Readiness

Presentation overview of college readiness and the Texas Success Initiative.

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TSI Success for All: Implementing a Support System for Student Success

Presentation overview of the Texas Success Initiative using PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD as a model.

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Tags: Campus, ECHS, TSI