Credit By Exam
Credit by Exam (CBE) is an assessment option which affords students the opportunity for promotion to the next
grade level (K-5) and to gain course credit (6-12).
There are two types of Credit by Exam:
1) Acceleration: Students meeting the 80% standard can be considered for grade level promotion (1-5) or can attain subject acceleration/credits (6-12). In order to qualify for this type of CBE, a student cannot have any prior instruction in the grade level or course for which they are seeking credit. Provision for this assessment is required by law (Texas Administrative Code §74.24) A school district must provide at least 4 testing opportunities annually (see dates below).
2) Recovery: Students wishing to recover credits (9-12) or be considered for grade level promotion (K-8; generally, only students who were held back 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.
Credit by Exam for Acceleration Process:
With the exception of Kindergarten, all students will need to meet the 80% or above standard for each course taken in order to be considered for promotion or credit. Please see below the process for acceleration for Kindergarten as well as grades 1-12.
Kindergarten: Acceleration out of kindergarten is based upon both academic and social skills criteria. Please see Kindergarten Acceleration Procedures.
1st-5th grades: Students must meet 80% standard on each of 4 tests: language arts, math, science, & social studies.
6th grade: Students must meet 80% standard on each of 4 tests: language arts, math, science, & social studies.
7th grade: Students must meet 80% standard on each of 4 tests: language arts, math, science, & Texas History.
8th grade: Students must meet 80% standard on each of 4 tests: language arts, math, science, U.S. History.
9th-12th grades: Students must meet 80% standard on any High School course exam offered with the exception of the 5 EOC tested subjects (Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology and U.S. History)
Georgetown ISD is offering opportunities for secondary students to earn credit in academic subjects and for elementary students to accelerate a grade level by passing the appropriate examinations for acceleration. Exams will be offered for all elementary grades and 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 or grade level without formal instruction in that course or grade level. The student must score a minimum of 80% on the required tests taken for the appropriate course/grade the student wants to skip. Elementary students must earn 80 percent on each grade-level exam (language arts, math, science, and social studies) in order to accelerate. The following CBE's cannot be used to replace an end-of-course exam (EOC) or for acceleration, only credit recovery: Algebra I- A & B; Biology- A & B; English I- A & B; English II- A & B and U.S. History- A & B.
Testing dates have been set:
FALL - December 12 - 13, 2017
WINTER - January 9 - 10, 2018
SPRING - June 12 - 13, 2018
SUMMER - July 10 - 11, 2018
Any GISD student currently enrolled in Gr. K-12 is eligible to participate in testing without charge at the time of the regularly scheduled administration.
Students interested in participating in the examination for acceleration program should pick up a registration form from the counselor’s office at their school or the assessment office at the Central Administration Building (603 Lakeway Drive). Registration forms must be returned to the counselor’s office by the end of the regular school day on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 or by the end of the day on Friday, May 25, 2018. Registration forms may also be returned to the GISD Assessment Department (603 Lakeway Drive or faxed to 512-943-1888) by 3:00 PM on November 14, 2017 for December/January sessions or May 25, 2018 for the June/July sessions.
Questions concerning the examination for acceleration program or kindergarten acceleration may be directed to Vicki Barbosa, GISD Assessment Director, at (512) 943-5000, ext. 6034, or Denise Gunn, Assessment Secretary, at ext. 6098.
Link to print review sheets: www.depts.ttu.edu/ttuisd/cbe_review_sheets.php
Deadline to Register: November 14, 2017 for December/January or May 25, 2018 for June/July (return to Counselor's office or to GISD Assessment Dept.)