College & career readiness

College readiness updates

Get prepared with Shmoop

All of our students now have access to Shmoop's Test Prep Suite. Students can practice for the ACT, ASVAB, PSAT, SAT and TSI-A using their testing center. Simply sign in to the app via Ready Hub, go to "My Stuff" and select "Test Prep Passes" to get started.

GISD is offering free, in person or virtual TSI-A testing

See the information about college readiness assessments below to learn more about this test and how it can save you time and money.

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

Definitions of these tests can be found on the testing programs page.

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.

Ready to test? 

There are plenty of tools to get ready for your tests. See our College test prep page for practice resources.

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:


> 945 and a 5+ on the Writeplacer (essay)

> 480 on Evidenced Based Reading & Writing

> 19 on English AND > 23 Composite Score


> 950 

> 530

19+ on Mathematics AND 23+ Composite Score

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.


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.