|a.||In this section, "board" and "institution of higher education" have the meanings assigned by Section 61.003 of this code.|
|b.||All students in the following categories who enter public
institutions of higher education in the fall of 1989 and thereafter must
be tested for reading, writing, and mathematics skills:|
For that purpose, the institution shall use a test instrument prescribed by the board. The same instrument shall be used at all public institutions of higher education.
|c.||The test instrument adopted by the board must be of a diagnostic nature and be designed to provide a comparison of the skill level of the individual student with the skill level necessary for a student to perform effectively in an undergraduate degree program. In developing the test, the board shall consider the recommendations of faculty from various institutions of higher education.|
|d.||An institution may not use performance on the test as a condition of admission into the institution.|
|e.||The board shall prescribe minimum performance standards for the test instrument. A student whose performance is below the standard for tested skill must participate in a remediation program. An institution may require higher performance standards.|