Credit-by-Exam (Acceleration Testing)

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Credit by Examination WITHOUT Prior Instruction: 
Grades 1-5 Full Grade-Level Acceleration 

Credit by Exam assessments consist of one assessment for each year-long course. To accelerate out of a single grade level, a student must meet the following requirements:
  • A student must score 80% or above on a criterion-referenced test for the grade level to be skipped in each of the following areas: language arts, math, science, and social studies;
  • A student must be recommended for acceleration by a district representative;
  • A student’s parents or guardian must give written approval of the acceleration.
A Campus Review Committee, to include the principal or designee, a counselor, and a parent must meet to determine appropriate accelerated course placement and/or instructional delivery model for the student.

For those students who pass all content area exams, a “P” (Passed or Promoted) will be placed by the grade level in the student’s cumulative folder.

Students may attempt to accelerate to the next grade one (1) time per year and only during designated assessment windows.

Credit by Examination WITHOUT Prior Instruction: 
Grades 1-5 Subject-Area Acceleration
Credit by Exam assessments consist of one assessment for each year-long course. To accelerate out of a single grade-level, core-area subject, a student must meet the following requirements:
  • A student must score 90% or higher on the specific core-area subject test(s) (language arts, math, science, and social studies);
  • A student must be recommended for acceleration by a district representative;
  • A student’s parents or guardian must give written approval of the acceleration.
Students in Grades 1-3 are provided integrated core-content instruction (e.g. Integrated English-Language Arts & Social Studies) and must earn an 90% or higher on both tests for both courses to accelerate out of the integrated course.

A Campus Review Committee, to include the principal or designee, a counselor, and a parent must meet to determine appropriate accelerated course placement and/or instructional delivery model for the student.

For those students who pass all content area exams, a “P” (Passed or Promoted) will be placed by the grade level in the student’s cumulative folder.

Credit by Examination WITHOUT Prior Instruction: 
Grades 6-12 Grade Level and Course Acceleration

To receive credit for an academic subject in which the student has received no prior instruction, a student must meet one the following requirements:
  • A student must earn a three of higher on a College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exam that has been approved by the board for the applicable course;
  • A student must earn an 80% on each Credit by Exam assessment to accelerate through and receive credit for a year-long course. Credit by Exam assessments consist of two separate assessments for each year-long course, one for each semester of instruction. A single-semester course (e.g. US Government) will consist of only one Credit by Exam assessment, for which an 80% must be earned to receive credit.
If a student meets the criteria for a high school credit course, the examination score(s) will be used on the student's transcript and credit will be awarded.  Results of the CBE’s will not be calculated  into the student’s grade point average. If a students does not meet the 80% criteria on a CBE assessment, credit for the course will not be awarded. Course credit and the CBE assessment score will not be placed on a student’s transcript.

If a student meets the 80% criteria on the CBE, he/she is not required to take an End-of-Course (EOC) assessment if the assessment is required for high school graduation (English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, or US History).

Credit by Exam assessments cannot be used to determine eligibility for the NCAA Clearinghouse. A student may not attempt more than two (2) times for a particular subject on the basis of an examination for credit in that subject/course.

Acceleration Pathways: Grades 1-8

Goal: Strengthen advanced academic programming to elevate access to rigor, engage students in opportunities for accelerated learning, and retain gifted, high-achieving, and advanced learners in Keller ISD schools by allowing students to participate in above-grade level work in settings appropriate for their academic, social, and emotional needs.

Instruction in accelerated courses will be determined by the Campus Review Committee. Decisions will be based on district-approved, available delivery options and made in the best interest of the student.

Level

Criteria

Curricular Delivery Options

Grades 1-5

·   80% on All Four Subject Tests

·   Campus Review Committee Recommendation

·   Grade Skip/Full Grade Level Promotion

·   90% on Subject Tests

·   Campus Review Committee Recommendation

Acceleration Pathways:

1.       Student is enrolled in the next course in sequence on the current campus (if available)

2.       Student is enrolled in the next course in sequence at a campus in the feeder pattern; telepresence options available; no district transportation provided

3.       Student is enrolled in the next course in sequence through a Keller ISD pre-approved course provider: Edgenuity (6-8), Pearson Connexus (1-5).

4.       Student is enrolled in the next course in sequence through an alternate course provider with Keller ISD review and approval of curriculum; no district tuition/fee assistance provided

5.       Student is transferred to Grade 5-8 campus (if applicable) and enrolled in the next course in sequence available at the receiving campus; no district transportation provided

Grades 6-8

·       80% on All Four Subject Tests

·       Campus Review Committee Recommendation

·       Grade Skip/Full Grade Level Promotion

·   80% on Subject Tests

·   Campus Review Committee Recommendation

Acceleration Pathways:

1.       Student is enrolled in the next course in sequence on the current campus (if available)

2.       Student is enrolled in the next course in sequence at a campus in the feeder pattern; telepresence options available; no district transportation provided

3.       Student is enrolled in the next course in sequence through a Keller ISD pre-approved course provider: Edgenuity (6-8)

4.       Student is enrolled in the next course in sequence through an alternate course provider with Keller ISD review and approval of curriculum; no district tuition/fee assistance provided

5.       Student is transferred to Grade 5-8 campus (if applicable) and enrolled in the next course in sequence available at the receiving campus; no district transportation provided


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Requests for Acceleration Testing are sent to the Campus Counselor.