It is possible to use a test given at an Assessment Center to be declared "College Ready" or TSI Complete in math, and thus no longer be required by the state to enroll continuously in developmental math courses.
Texas law requires public institutions to allow any student who has been declared college ready in math to enroll in any first year math course. This law is at odds with prior practices at ACC, and we do not believe it is in the best interest of our students to enroll in a course for which they have not met the institutional standard of readiness. This most often comes up with College Algebra and Math for Business and Economics. Assessment cut scores chosen by the math department for these courses are much higher than the scores that declare a student college ready. The math department believes that successful completion of Intermediate Algebra, or a score of 369 on the TSI Math assessment for an entering student, is sufficient to recommend enrolling in one of these courses.
The consequences are the same as those for dropping any college credit course. See the ACC withdrawal tutorial.
Some students who have not been declared "College Ready", or TSI Complete, in math are required to enroll in developemental math courses each semester until College Ready status has been achieved. If that is the case for you, then dropping your developmental math class will cause a hold to placed on your registration the next semester. For more information, see:
Tests given at the Assessment Center are used for two things: initial
placement (before enrolling in your first math course) and TSI status. A
student who has been told that he or she "passed" the test generally has gotten a score that is sufficient to make him or her TSI complete, which means that the student is no longer required to be continually enrolled in developmental math
courses. However, there are lots of courses that a "passing" score still does not place a student into, and it is still necessary to complete the entire course sequence from the initial placement up to the college credit math course needed for the student's degree plan. See the Course Flow Chart for more information about course sequences.
While it is true that Texas law allows students who have been declared college ready in math to enroll in any first year math course, students should still contact a full-time faculty member in the math department if they are considering skipping a level. Under most circumstances, skipping a level gives students a very low chance of success in the course they are entering.