Exam for Acceleration (without Prior Instruction)
Criteria & Procedures
A student in grades 1-8, who has not received instruction at the grade level tested, must be accelerated (promoted) one grade if the student meets all of the following requirements:
- The student achieves a minimum score of 80 percent on the grade-level exam in each of the following subject areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
- A school district representative recommends that the student accelerates to the higher grade level.
- The student’s parent or guardian gives written approval for the acceleration.
Students taking high school coursework seeking credit in a subject area in which they have not received prior instruction may earn credit by passing the course exam(s) with a grade of 80 percent.
The grade earned from an Exam for Acceleration is not used for the calculation of the student’s Weighted Numerical Grade Average at the High School level and are only used for Credit.
HB 2694/SB 1365 mandates that Exams for Acceleration (EA) in a subject tested by an End of Course STAAR (EOC) must be externally validated. Currently, the University of Texas and Texas Tech University are in the external validation process. Therefore, EA's for subjects tested by an EOC (Algebra I, English I, English II, U. S. History, and Biology) may only be taken, at this time, for "credit recovery" and not for "exam for acceleration". LTISD will monitor the websites of the University of Texas and Texas Tech University to determine when the EAs for EOC related courses may once again be offered for acceleration.
For the complete text of HB 2694/SB 1365, please refer to the text of the adopted amendment to 19 TAC, Chapter 74 Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter C Other Provisions, 74.24 Credit by Examination.
According to TEA policy §74.24 Credit by Exams (c)(6), a student may not attempt to earn credit by examination for a specific course more than two times.
Schedule changes will NOT be made once a semester has begun. According to TEC §25.092 Admission, Transfer and Attendance, a student has to be in attendance for 90% of the days a class is offered to be given credit for a class.
Location and Schedule:
All Exams for Acceleration ordered by the district (deadlines listed below) are administered at the Education Development Center (EDC). The EDC is the building in front of Lake Travis Elementary at the corner of 620 and Kollmeyer. Testing begins at 9:00. If there is a change in location or time then those students who registered will receive an email with the new information.
The district DOES NOT provide textbooks or calculators for those requesting to take an Exam for Acceleration. These exams cost between $25 to $70 per exam (LTISD pays for the exams taken on the dates listed below) so if you are not taking an exam once you have registered then please contact Kathy Burbank firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. An email verification that you have registered will be sent with details about the exam on the deadline date for registration.
Lake Travis ISD Testing Dates:
- Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (registration deadline is September 1st)
- Monday, February 19, 2018 (registration deadline is January 12th)
- Monday, June 4, 2018 (registration deadline is April 27th)
- Monday, July 16, 2018 (registration deadline is June 8th)
*Schedule changes will not take place during the school year.
A student can work directly with UT to schedule an exam for acceleration to test at any time outside of the testing window. This is the link to register with the University of Texas UT High School. Please send a copy of the results to the Registrar at the campus your child attends.
Procedures for Exams for Acceleration of specific courses without prior instruction:
Exams are ordered from the University of Texas. German and Latin foreign language exams are ordered from Texas Tech UISD. These exams cost between $25 to $70 per exam (LTISD pays for the exams taken on the dates listed below) so if you are not taking an exam once you have registered then please contact Kathy Burbank email@example.com as soon as possible. An email verification that you have registered will be sent with details about the exam on the deadline date for registration.
Foreign Language: Each semester exam is 3 hours. For full course credit, Semester 1 (A) and Semester 2 (B) would need to be ordered to receive a full year's credit except for Chinese which is a full year exam.
High School Courses: Non-EOC courses are offered in most subject areas. Each exam ordered is 3 hours.
Middle School Math: *See Middle School Course Guide for the sequence of math courses taken in LTISD and consider what math courses to take at the high school if accelerating. Any high school course taken in middle school does not factor into GPA.
Exam for Acceleration for Grade Level Advancement: (Testing is done in the summer for advancement in grades 1-8.)
Please discuss this option with your campus Principal or Counselor. Testing should take place to advance a grade level for grades 1-8 during the summer due to the impact on scheduling and loss of instruction in the next grade (if testing is during the school year). Students must pass all 4 exams (math, language arts, science and social studies) for the grade level that is being accelerated at 80% or above mastery. The science or social studies test will be administered first and the other exams will be administered at a later date if 80% was achieved on the first test administered. If an 80% was not achieved on the first exam taken then additional subjects will not be ordered.
Please contact Kathy Burbank at firstname.lastname@example.org for the ordering and scheduling for Grade Level Advancement exams.
Most exams are online. Study Guides have specific details about each exam.
Kindergarten Acceleration - Contact the campus for more information and procedures.
Contact Kathy Burbank, Director of Accountability & Achievement for further information or if you need to cancel an exam that you have registered.