College & career readiness

College readiness refers to the knowledge, skills and behaviors a student should have after graduating from high school as they prepare to enter their freshmen year of college.

Are you ready for college?

College readiness assessments and the Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The state of Texas requires that students take college readiness assessments to determine if they are ready for college before they can take any college classes. There are three college assessments that can determine a student’s level of college readiness:

  • TSI-A
  • SAT
  • ACT

Students who meet College Readiness standards established by the state of Texas can seamlessly transition to college without requiring remediation classes. Remediation classes cost students both time and money since they have to pay for courses that do not apply to a degree or certification before accessing the college-level classes they need to take.

What scores are needed to be considered College Ready?

To be considered College Ready, students should earn the following scores on one of the college readiness assessments:

TSI-A

351+ on Reading
350+ on Math

SAT

480+ on Evidence-based Reading & Writing
530+ on Math

ACT

19+ on English and 23+ Composite Score
19+ on Mathematics and 23+ Composite Score

Preparing for the assessments

TSI-A

The TSI-Assessment is a college readiness test. There are three test sections:  Reading, Writing, and Math. The tests are NOT timed, so take your time and do your best

TSI-A Boost Camps

In these after school sessions, students will participate in strategic, targeted skills review sessions that will incorporate TSI-A test taking strategies. These sessions are intended for students who are close to meeting the college readiness standards but would like to prepare before taking the TSI-A.  Students who make a passing score on the TSI-A for each section are considered college ready.

Khan Academy Official SAT Practice

Link your PSAT or SAT scores to Khan Academy Official SAT Practice and work through your individualized plan. Scoring at level three on each of the targeted skills indicates college readiness, so work through each skill till you reach level three! The skills needed to succeed on SAT can help with the TSI-A as well.

Free Online TSI-A Practice Tests

PSAT and SAT

The PSAT and SAT are two tests designed to measure college and career readiness. When students do well on these tests they can qualify for academic recognition programs and increase their chance of getting a scholarship.

Students can prepare for success by taking advantage of Khan Academy and district boot camp events. Some top scoring students may also have the option to participate in one of our invitation-only test prep programs.

For more information about these tests and the benefits of taking them, visit the PSAT and SAT page.


Khan Academy

Khan Academy logo.We have partnered with Khan Academy to provide personalized study plans to students based on their PSAT scores.

Find out more about this free online resource and how students should set up and link their accounts to maximize potential on the Khan Academy instructional resource page.


PSAT/SAT Boot Camps

G I S D S A T Boot camp logo.We offer free boot camps in the fall and spring to help students learn techniques for answering test questions and preparing for the PSAT and SAT. Students take a pre- and post-test as well as attend two boot camp sessions a week.

Registration for Spring Boot Camps sessions begins Aug. 13. See the PSAT/SAT Boot Camp page for more information.

What is postsecondary education?

Postsecondary education happens after you graduate from high school. It doesn't always mean getting a bachelor's degree at a four-year college. Continuing your education looks different from person to person. Getting an associates degree or certification in your field is also a form of postsecondary education.

By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require some postsecondary education - Center on Education and the Workforce

This chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows how your level of education can impact your potential earnings and possibility of unemployment.

College credit in high school

Save money and time in the future by earning credit towards your college program while you're still in high school. Visit the college credit opportunities page for more information.

Paying for college

Don't let the price tag prevent you from pursuing your college plans. Find out about your financial aid options.

Certifications

Several Career and Technical Education programs and courses offer the opportunity for students to earn a professional certification or license while in high school.

AVID program

Advancement Via Individual Determination. Find out how the AVID program is closing the achievement gap and helping prepare our students for college and success in a global society.