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 adopted amendment to 19 TAC, Chapter 74 Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter C Other Provisions, 74.24 Credit by Examination.
Procedures for Exams for Acceleration 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 512-533-6091 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. All Exams are taken at the EDC and begin at 9:00 on the dates listed below.
Select the appropriate form below to register for an exam to be given during the LTISD window. The exams are given at the EDC and begin at 9:00:
Foreign Language: Please complete this linked form to order an Exam for Acceleration for Foreign Languages. 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: Please complete this linked form to order an Exam for Acceleration for High School Course exams. Each exam ordered is 3 hours.
Middle School Math: Please complete this linked form to order an Exam for Acceleration for Math exams gr 6-8. *See Middle School Course Guide for the sequence of math courses taken in LTISD.
Exam for Acceleration for Grade Level Advancement: Please complete this linked form to order Grade Level Advancement (Grades 1-8) exams. These exams are given during two testing windows. Contact the campus counselor for the options available prior to completing this form.
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 on the first testing date 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.
Most exams are online. Study Guides have specific details about each exam.
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.
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.
The district DOES NOT provide textbooks 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 512-533-6091 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. All Exams are taken at the EDC and begin at 9:00 on the dates listed below.
Lake Travis ISD Testing Dates:
- Monday, August 1, 2016 (registration deadline is June 30th)
- Monday, October 10, 2016 (registration deadline is September 9th)
- Monday, January 2, 2017 (registration deadline is November 16th)
- Tuesday, June 6, 2017 (registration deadline is April 27th)
- Monday, July 31, 2017 (registration deadline is June 22nd)
*Schedule changes will not take place during the school year.
Contact Kathy Burbank, Director of Accountability & Achievement for further information or if you need to cancel an exam that you have registered.