Credit by Exam and Acceleration

RISD Advanced Learning Services

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What is Acceleration...

Acceleration is a strategy that allows a student to progress through school at a faster than usual rate and/or younger than typical age.

Eligibility

  • The student must be enrolled in RISD.
  • The student must have the consent of his/her parent(s) or guardian.
  • The student must have the approval of the school representative.
  • The student shall not be eligible to take an RISD acceleration examination for any grade for which he/she has had prior instruction.
  • The student may take the credit by exam once per window.
  • The student may attempt the credit by exam no more than two times, with the second attempt being an alternate exam.

Kindergarten Acceleration

Overview

Assessment for acceleration will be available quarterly to students entering Kindergarten in the Richardson Independent School District. Only those students who achieve a score of 80 on the math test and the language arts test on the student screening of Texas Essential Elements Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), will be accelerated. Dates for administering acceleration examinations will be announced quarterly by the Department of Advanced Learning Program and Services. Opportunities for a student who is homeless or in substitute care who transfers to the district after the start of the school year will be provided at any point in the school year.

Procedure

  1. The parent will enroll the student in an RISD school and request consideration for kindergarten acceleration. The campus will provide the parent with written instructions.
  2. Applications for testing must be submitted via the online form no later than the posted application deadline. The following options and resources are available:

Grades 1-5 Acceleration

Overview

Examinations for acceleration will be available quarterly to elementary students entering grades one through five of the Richardson Independent School District in compliance with state policy. District examinations over the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) will be administered. Only those students who make a minimum of 80 on each of the four (4) tests will be accelerated. There will be no grade level acceleration for students who pass individual portions of the test; however, principals may accommodate those students according to district and/or building guidelines. Dates for administering acceleration examinations will be announced quarterly by the Department of Advanced Learning and Programs and Services. Opportunities for a student who is homeless or in substitute care who transfers to the district after the start of the school year will be provided at any point in the school year.

Procedure

  1. The parent contacts the student's home campus, and an initial meeting is set to discuss current progress. The campus will provide the parent with an online link and information.
  2. Applications for testing must be submitted via the online form no later than the posted application deadline. The following options and resources are available:

Grades 6-12 Acceleration

Overview

Credit by Exam, as stipulated by TEA, is available quarterly to all students enrolled in RISD. Dates for administering acceleration examinations will be announced quarterly by the Department of Advanced Learning Programs and Services. Opportunities for a student who is homeless or in substitute care who transfers to the district after the start of the school year will be provided at any point in the school year.

In secondary school, grades 6–12, students may take a Credit by Exam in one or more courses. He/she must score at or above 80 percent in order to receive credit for that course. See the Secondary Program of Studies for additional details.

Procedure

  1. The student and/or parent reaches out to their counselor to discuss if acceleration is appropriate and what tests need to be ordered. The counselor will email the link and information.
  2. Applications for testing must be submitted via the online form no later than the posted application deadline. The following options and resources are available:

21-22 Credit by Exam Dates

December/January Tests:

Requests Due: November 5, 2021

Test Dates: December 14-16, 2021and Jan 5-7, 2022


June/July Tests:

Requests Due: May 13, 2022

Test Dates: June 14-16 and July TBD, 2022

All Grades

Preparation

Students will request textbooks from the school. As a district, we are obligated to provide books to students who are preparing to take these exams. The books are to be checked out to students and returned to the school after the exams. They are not to be purchased by parents. The warehouse will transfer sufficient numbers of books to schools that do not have them. The warehouse does not want parents coming to them for the books.

Records

The District Director of Advanced Learning and Programs and Services, the Curriculum Directors, and the school principal will certify the results of the examinations.

  • Kindergarten: In those cases in which a passing grade is earned for acceleration to first grade, the cumulative record will show “Kindergarten Acceleration,” and the scores earned. If acceleration is not earned, no entry will be made on the student’s permanent record.
  • Elementary: If a grade of 80 or above is not earned on each of the four (4) tests, the student’s permanent record will not reflect grade(s) earned on these examinations.
  • Secondary: In order for a student to receive credit for a course through the Credit by Exam, the student must earn a grade of 80 or above on a district approved test that includes the TEKS and local objectives. (See EHDC(LEGAL) and EHDC(LOCAL)) Credit is awarded for regular rather than PreAP/AP. The grade of 80 or above will be recorded on the permanent record for grades 6–8 or on the Academic Achievement Record (AAR) for grades 9–12. Some courses may require passing a state mandated End-of-Course exam for credit and/or graduation. If a grade of 80 or above is not earned on the test, the AAR (transcript) will not reflect grade earned on this examination.

Fees

The District shall not charge for examinations for acceleration. If a parent requests an alternative examination, the District may administer and recognize results of a test purchased by the parent or student from Texas Tech University.

Available Exams and Study Guides

UT available exams except LOTE: https://utexas.app.box.com/v/uths-cbe-available

UT Study Guides: https://highschool.utexas.edu/cbe_study_guides

TTU available exams and Study Guides: https://enroll.ttuisd.ttu.edu/catalog/Heading.asp?heading_id=628


World Language exams: Link coming soon

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Who to Contact

Sara Mooney

Advanced Learning Specialist

Advanced Learning Programs and Services