Road block: UCISD aims to halt students using college tours as field trips

Melissa Federspill

Staff writer

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s new requirement that students pass the Texas Success Initiative Assessment in addition to having passing grades, good attendance and zero disciplinary referrals to be eligible to participate in school-led college tours  has caused the district to reduce its 18 scheduled trips to two this semester.

“In an effort to get a bus load of kiddos on a trip, we’ve rescheduled for next semester,” said Melissa Alejandro, College Career and Military Readiness advisor for UCISD during the board of trustees meeting held Monday evening.

When asked about the TSI and student performance, Alejandro said it’s the math portion that is tripping them up. She added that she recommends each student who fails go to tutoring, which has a good success rate for getting students to passing level.

The TSI, a standardized test that seeks to determine if a student is ready for college-level classes, is a recently added parameter, said Michael Rodriguez, UCISD assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.


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