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Dual Credit Eligibility & Registration Requirements

Dual Credit Eligibility

Dual credit through several colleges is available for qualifying students. To take a course for dual credit, the course must be an CISD approved course to receive high school credit. Most options currently available are for students in grades 10-12. While some students may be prepared to move into a dual credit course in the 9th grade, it is limited to our Early College students (Pride Prep, PTECH) only at this time.  Please see your high school counselor for advising if you are a 10th -12th grade student that is considering a dual credit course. 

Dual Credit Requirements for Freshmen and Sophomores

For ninth and tenth grade students, the TSI Assessment minimum scores must be achieved, and permission must be granted by both the college and the high school for dual credit admissions. Substitute scores for the TSI Assessment may be utilized for ninth and tenth grade students according to the policies of the college.

Dual Credit Enrollment Requirements

College & Dual Credit Entrance Testing 

Test

Score Explanation/ Requirements

STAAR End-of-Course (EOC)

An English II EOC score of 4000 or higher shall waive for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment. An Algebra I EOC score of 4000 or higher and a passing grade in Algebra II shall waive for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment.

TSI

College Readiness scores for each area of the TSI Assessment:

Writing-a placement score of at least 340, and an essay score of at least a 4; or a score of less than 340 with an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, and an essay score of at least 5; Reading-351; Math-350

PSAT

a minimum score of 530 on the math section and a minimum score of 480 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW). (No combined score required)

ACT ASPIRE

A scale score of 435 in English shall waive for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment. A scale score of 431 in math shall waive for the math section of the TSI.

ACT

A composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test shall be exempt for both the reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or 19 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment.

SAT

A combined critical reading (formerly “verbal”) and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment, and/or 500 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. After March 5, 2016, a minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment; a minimum score of 530 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section of the TSI Assessment. There is no combined score.C

Technical (CTE) College Dual Credit

For technical college dual credit, entrance criteria are determined by the type of program or certification the course leads to, and whether the student is seeking coursework beyond a Level 1 certification. Please see a counselor to determine whether TSI testing is needed for the type of technical articulated or dual credit that is being sought.

  • Must meet TSI eligibility requirements for college-level coursework or be exempt based on SAT, ACT, or EOC scores.  Some workforce dual credit classes do not have eligibility requirements or may require a different score.  
  • The student must have successfully completed prerequisite courses as identified by CHS guidelines.
  • Must take EDUC 1300 Learning Frameworks and make a “C” or higher prior to taking any core course or online course. In some cases, students may be approved to take EDUC 1300 concurrently with one or two additional dual credit courses. 
  • May not be enrolled in more than four dual credit courses per semester (12 credit hours per semester) without permission from campus principal.  Permission will be given on a case by case basis.
  • Are not eligible to enroll in developmental courses for dual credit 
  • Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress in dual credit course work in order to remain enrolled in the program.  

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