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Dual credit hopefuls scramble to take placement exams

Dual credit hopefuls scramble to take placement exams

POSTED: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 11:14am

First time dual credit students are scrambling to take placement tests to prove their college readiness after the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board failed to set exemptions based on STAAR end of course exam scores.

Exemptions occur when a student meets the minimum required score on standardized college readiness tests, but this year’s junior class is the first to be evaluated under STAAR end of course results and the minimum score for that exam was not set by the higher education board meeting in July.

“The reason those rates were not set is probably due to the new test rolling out this fall,” said Dominic Chavez, spokesman for the education board.

Once school begins the new TSI Assessment will be the only placement test offered by colleges. It is considered more rigorous than others.

Students who had hoped their STAAR end of course scores would exempt them from having to take a placement test must now take one before school starts since the higher education board won’t meet again until October.

Read more from the Longview News-Journal.

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