There is no charge for students who wish to test for acceleration. Students must be enrolled in the district to test for acceleration. Students who register for an examination and do not take the examination(s), will be charged a fine equivalent to the cost of acquiring the examination(s).
Exam for Acceleration without prior instruction is available for students who are 5 years of age by September 1 of the school year and who wish to test to accelerate to first grade and skip kindergarten. Students who have attended private kindergarten or who have been homeschooled for kindergarten, and will be 5 by Sept. 1, must be tested to skip our kindergarten program and register for first grade.
Testing dates for kindergarten acceleration will be in August each year. Credit by Exam Calendar Dates
Students wishing to test for acceleration will be administered tests in accordance with our kindergarten acceleration procedures. Elementary Flow Chart
Exam for Acceleration without prior instruction is available for students in grades 1-5 who wish to advance one grade level. Examinations are criterion-referenced tests from the University of Texas and/or Texas Tech University, or other tests approved by the Superintendent or designee. A student in grades 1-5 must take exams in the four core subject areas (language arts, math, science, and social studies) for the grade he/she wishes to be eligible to advance. Only two tests per day can be administered to the student. The student must score at least an 80% on each of the four core subject exams to be considered for acceleration. A district representative must recommend acceleration of the student.
Review packets are available from the university websites:
The testing window and application windows are found below:
Exam scores are mailed to the school counselor after the scoring is complete. The campus counselor will contact the student’s parent with results of the examinations.
Secondary students who wish to earn credit for a course in which they have had no prior instruction, may test through exam for acceleration. Examinations are criterion-referenced tests from the University of Texas, Texas Tech University, or other testing instruments approved by the Superintendent or designee. A student must demonstrate mastery of 80% or above on the exam in order to earn credit. A student may only take two course exams for acceleration in a day. Courses will not be computed in GPA or class rank.
Students who do not score at 80% or above on the Exam for Acceleration will be required to enroll in the course and satisfactorily complete the course to earn credit. A student may not attempt to earn credit by examination for a specific high school course more than two times. TAC §74.24( EHDC Legal)
***Due to changes in exams for acceleration §74.24 of 19 TAC, an EOC assessed course must now be validated to meet more rigorous requirements. Since there is currently not as assessment available that meets the new validation criteria instituted by the Texas Education Agency for EOC assessed courses, we cannot offer an exam for acceleration for EOC tested subjects at this time.
Dates, applications and additional information can be found at the links below:
There is no charge for testing. Students who register for an examination, and do not take the examination, will be charged a fine equivalent to the cost of acquiring the test(s). Exam results will be mailed to the campus counselor when scoring is complete.