Credit-by-Examination

JISD follows Legal and Local Board policies concerning Alternative Methods for Earning Credit, Credit by Examination without Prior Instruction, and Kindergarten acceleration to first grade.

Credit by Exam (CBE) provides students the opportunity to accelerate in subject areas through exams aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and provided through the University of Texas. There are two types of Credit by Exams

Acceleration - Students may accelerate one grade level by successfully passing exams in math, science, social studies, and Language Arts.

Recovery - Students wishing to recover credits (9-12) or be considered for grade level promotion (K-8; Generally, only students who were retained a grade qualify for this assessment.) can arrange with a participating testing organization to take this test. School districts ARE NOT required to provide these assessments. If a student wishes to take this type of CBE, a parent/legal guardian must make arrangements directly with a participating testing organization offering CBEs.

Kindergarten Credit by Examination for Acceleration Process
Acceleration out of Kindergarten is based upon both academic and social skills criteria. The student and parent/guardian must meet with the teacher and campus administration to discuss the academic and social criteria required for success in first grade. Student performance and test scores should indicate a high likelihood of success in first grade.

A student in Kindergarten may be accelerated to first grade if he or she meets all of the following requirements.

  1. The student must be enrolled in Pre-Kindergarten in the district or live within the boundaries of Jarrell ISD.
  2. The parent must submit a recommendation letter from the preschool or sending school indicating that first grade placement is recommended. The parent must provide copies of the preschool grade reports, work samples, and prior test data. If the student did not attend preschool, the parent must submit a note stating this.
  3. The student's parent or guardian must complete the Request for Kindergarten Examination for Acceleration to First Grade form. Refer to the scheduling information below for published registration deadlines.
  4. The student must score 90% on each of 4 Kindergarten content area tests: math, language arts, science, social studies.
  5. The student must score at or above the Kindergarten end-of-year expectations on the districts early reading assessments.

Grades 1-5 Credit by Examination for Acceleration Process
Exams will be offered for all elementary grades. The purpose of examination for acceleration is to allow a student to accelerate to the next grade level without formal instruction in that grade level. The following requirements must be met:

  • The student must be enrolled in the district.
  • The student and parent/guardian must meet with the teacher and campus administration to discuss the student's academic record and the criteria required for success at the next grade.
  • Students must score 80% on each of 4 content area tests: math, language arts, science, social studies. Visit the link to access and complete the registration form.

Grades 6-12 Credit by Examination for Acceleration Process
Exams will be offered for most TEKS-based courses in grades 6-12. The purpose of examination for acceleration is to allow a student to accelerate and earn credit for a particular course without formal instruction in that course or grade level. The following requirements must be met.

  • The student must be enrolled in the district.
  • The student and parent/guardian must meet with a campus administrator to discuss the student's academic record the graduation plan.
  • The student must score a minimum of 80% on the required tests taken for the appropriate course. Visit the link to access and complete the registration form.

Credit by Examination Scheduling Information:

  • Contact the campus counselor to register for the exam and to get information about specific testing dates.
  • Students will be tested by the counselor during the school day. If the test is taken during the summer, the student will be contacted with the testing schedule and details.

Test Administration

Registration Deadline

Administration Window

Fall

August 17

August 31 - September 30

Winter

November 2

November 16 - December 31

Spring

February 1

February 15 - March 31

Summer

May 1

May 15 - June 1

Study Resources

Registration Forms

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