Elementary School Exam for Acceleration with Prior InstructionStudents under certain circumstances may be able to take Credit by Exam for a course in which they have had prior instruction but did not receive credit. The principal or designee or the attendance committee, as applicable, shall have authority to offer a student the opportunity to demonstrate mastery in a subject or to earn course credit by examination when the student has had prior instruction in a subject and when:
- The student is enrolling in the District from a non-accredited school;
- The student is enrolling in the District from a homeschool;
- The student has failed a subject or course: or
- The student has earned a passing grade in a subject or course but has failed to earn credit because of excessive absences.
Examinations shall assess the student’s mastery of the essential knowledge and skills and shall be administered according to established District procedures.
Prior to offering a student an opportunity to demonstrate mastery or earn credit by this method, an appropriate District employee shall review the student’s educational records to determine whether the student has had prior instruction in the subject or course.
Students must demonstrate 70% or higher mastery, or score at or above the 50th percentile on the approved criterion-referenced test to receive credit in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Please complete the Examination Application and submit to your school counselor.Elementary School Exam for Acceleration without Prior Instruction
Exam for Acceleration (without prior instruction) is available to first through fifth grade students who wish to test for advancement to the next grade level. Examinations for grades 1-5 are criterion-referenced tests from Texas Tech University, University of Texas, or other testing instruments approved by the Superintendent or designee. Elementary students must take exams in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies for the grade level he or she wishes to skip. Students must demonstrate 80% or higher mastery on each test to be eligible for advancement. A school district representative recommends acceleration of the student. Students are encouraged to review the course study guide on the university website.
The testing window and application deadlines are listed below.
There is no charge for testing. Students who register for an examination and do not take the examination will be assessed a fine equivalent to the cost of procuring the examination. Exam results will be mailed to the counselor after scoring is completed.
Students may not attempt to earn credit for a specific course and/or grade level more than two times.
Placement in a new grade will only occur at the start of a school year regardless of when an exam for acceleration is taken.