S.B. No. 1776
  relating to the exemption from the assessment requirements of the
  Texas Success Initiative for students who successfully complete
  certain college preparatory courses.
         SECTION 1.  Section 51.3062(q-2), Education Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (q-2)  A student who successfully completes a college
  preparatory course under Section 28.014 is exempt from the
  requirements of this section with respect to the content area of the
  course.  The exemption is effective for the two-year period
  following the date the student graduates from high school, and the
  student must enroll in the student's first college-level course in
  the exempted content area in the student's first year of enrollment
  in an institution of higher education. If the student earns less
  than a C in the student's first college-level course in the exempted
  content area, the institution shall advise the student of
  non-course-based options for becoming college ready, such as
  tutoring or accelerated learning.  [The commissioner of higher
  education by rule shall establish the period for which an exemption
  under this subsection is valid.]  The exemption applies only at the
  institution of higher education that partners with the school
  district in which the student is enrolled to provide the course,
  except that the commissioner by rule may determine the manner in
  which the exemption may be applied to institutions of higher
  education other than the partnering institution.  The Texas Higher
  Education Coordinating Board shall collect and analyze data
  regarding the effectiveness of college preparatory courses as
  measured by students' successful completion of the first
  college-level course in the exempted content area. The board shall
  report its findings to all partnering institutions of higher
  education and independent school districts of each college
  preparatory course evaluated, as well as the governor, lieutenant
  governor, speaker of the house of representatives, and the members
  of the House and Senate Committees on Higher Education.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies
  beginning with the assessment of entering undergraduate students at
  public institutions of higher education for the 2015 fall semester.  
  The assessment of an entering undergraduate student for an academic
  term before that semester is covered by the law in effect before the
  effective date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect for
  that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1776 passed the Senate on
  April 22, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1776 passed the House on
  May 22, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 1, two
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House