Credit By Examination

According to Texas State Board of Education rules, school districts must offer Examinations for Acceleration (EA). Tests for acceleration are available to students who wish to test for advancement to the next grade level or receive credit for a high school course for which he or she has had no prior instruction. Texarkana Independent School District will offer examinations for acceleration for current kindergarten through twelfth grade students during the weeks of September 5-8, December 11-15, March 6-9, and June 25-29. A student may not attempt more than two times to receive credit on the basis of an examination. The following courses are not available for acceleration at this time: Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II or U.S. History.

In accordance with Texas Education Law and TISD policy/regulations, students must meet the following criteria to be eligible to take an exam for acceleration:

GRADES 1 - 5 GRADES 6 -12
1) Comply with the deadlines stated in this letter 1) Comply with the deadlines stated in this letter
2) Request an Exam for Acceleration Form 2) Request an Exam for Acceleration Form
3) Have recommendation from a school district representative that the student be accelerated 3) Must have successfully completed or be enrolled in the prerequisite course for the requested exam
4) Return Exam for Acceleration Form to school by published deadline 4) Return Exam for Acceleration Form to school by published deadline
5) Include a $25 per test deposit (will be returned if the student takes the test) 5) Include a $25 per test deposit (will be returned if the student takes the test)

To receive credit for acceleration, a student must score 80% or above on each examination. Upon meeting these test requirements, a student may advance one grade level or receive credit for a high school course for the 2017-2018 school year. Acceleration exams are very difficult. Please discuss all other possibilities of classroom acceleration with your child’s teacher or counselor before requesting this strenuous testing process.

Requests will be accepted through the following dates:

REQUEST DEADLINE TESTING DATES
August 1, 2017 September 5-8, 2017
October 30, 2017 December 11-12, 2017
January 22, 2018 March 6-9, 2018
May 7, 2018 June 25-29, 2018

No requests will be accepted after the published deadlines for test administrations. Deposit must be included in order for the tests to be ordered.

If you have questions concerning the examinations for acceleration, please contact the principal or counselor of the school your student attends. Answers to frequently asked questions are available through our Exam for Acceleration FAQ.