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Dual Credit

What Is Dual Credit?

Dual credit is a process through which a student may earn both high school and college credit for successfully completing a college course that provides advanced academic instruction beyond, or in greater depth than, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for a corresponding high school course.  Source: Texas Education Agency, Dual Credit FAQ

At Judson ISD, we partner with St. Philip's College and Northeast Lakeview College to provide dual credit courses at no cost to our students.  

Why Take Dual Credit Courses?

The American Institutes for Research found that high school graduates who participated in dual credit outperformed students who did not.  Measures of performance included grades in both dual credit and college credit only courses, college remediation, enrollment, persistence and completion.  Source: Dual Credit Education Programs in Texas, 2018

High school students in dual credit

  • transition more smoothly into higher education.
  • acquire the confidence to succeed academically and socially in a college environment. 
  • complete their college and career goals faster.
  • save money on their overall college costs.

Who Can Take Dual Credit Courses?

A high school student is eligible to enroll in dual credit courses if the student has met the necessary prerequisites and demonstrates college readiness by achieving the minimum passing standards on relevant section(s) of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment as listed in the table:




Score Requirements for CCMR



Score ≥ 351 on Reading






English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR)




Score ≥ 945 on the ELAR College

Readiness Classification (CRC)


Score ≥ 5 on the essay


Score < 945 on the ELAR CRC


Score ≥ 5 on the



Score ≥ 5 on the essay





Score ≥ 945 on the ELAR CRC on the



Score ≥ 5 on the TSIA1 essay



Score < 945 on the ELAR CRC on the




Score ≥ 5 on the diagnostic on the TSIA2




Score ≥ 5 on the TSIA1 essay






Score ≥ 350 on Mathematics





Score ≥ 950 on the Mathematics




Score < 950 on the Mathematics CRC


Score = 6 on the diagnostic


TSIA Exemptions

A student shall be exempt from taking the TSIA if the student has:

  • scored a composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the English test shall exempt both Reading and Writing sections of the TSIA;
  • scored a composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on the Math test shall exempt the Math section of the TSIA;
  • taken the SAT administered prior to March 2016 and earned a minimum score (verbal critical reading + math) SAT score of 1070, with a minimum score of 500 on both sections;
  • taken the SAT administered March 2016 and later and earned scores on the evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) assessment of 480, and a minimum score of 530 in Mathematics (no combined score needed);
  • a TAKS scale score of at least 2200 on the math section and/or 2200 on the English Language Arts section with a writing subsection score of at least 3;
  • Veterans, active duty personnel, and a student who is serving as and, for at least 3 years preceding enrollment, has served as a member of a reserve component of the U.S. armed services;
  • Transfer from another institution having satisfactorily completed college-level coursework; or
  • Enrolled in a certificate program of one year or less (Level One certificates) at a public institution.

What Is the TSI Assessment?

The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative enacted by the Texas State Legislature and designed to determine a student’s readiness for college-level coursework in the general areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.

The TSIA, or one of its exemptions, has been required of Texas students entering a Texas college or university for nearly ten years. The TSIA is administered through the College Board’s Accuplacer digital platform. Universities, community colleges, school districts and high school campuses can request to administer the TSIA to students. 

Additional information and practice for the TSI exam can be found by clicking the following links:

TSI Student Information Brochure 

TSIA Learning Resources

What Dual Credit Courses Are Offered at Judson ISD?

Under the core subjects of English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Fine Arts, Psychology and Speech, the following college courses may* be offered at our comprehensive high schools:

Dual Credit Courses Offered at JISD

Art Appreciation

Physics I


Physics II

College Algebra



Public Speaking



English III

Texas Government

English IV

US Government

Music Appreciation

US History


These college courses comprise our Texas Core Curriculum courses. Texas Core Curriculum courses are very likely to count towards any college major at any public university in the state of Texas.   

*Course offerings at each high school are dependent on teacher qualifications and student enrollment.