Credit by Exam/Exam for Acceleration
Kennedale ISD is pleased to offer students in grade levels K-12 the opportunity to receive grade acceleration without prior instruction, as well as course credit with prior instruction for grades 6-12.
Exam for Acceleration (EA) without Prior Instruction
The objective of Exam for Acceleration without prior instruction is to allow students in grades K-12 the opportunity to receive credit for a specific course or receive grade acceleration. Students in K-5 wanting to test for grade acceleration must test prior to the start of the school year to ensure they will not have any instruction in the particular grade being tested. Students in grades 6-12 wanting to test for course acceleration are able to test at any of the times offered during the four testing windows. There are a few steps to be taken for a student who is taking an examination for course credit/grade acceleration without prior instruction. They are as followed:
- As of September 1, the student must be 5 years old or older.
- The student’s counselor or district representative determines/recommends the student’s acceleration.
- Application and exam deposit have been submitted by registration deadline.
Students who take the CBE’s without prior instruction must score 80% of higher on each of the four content areas to receive grade acceleration and 80% on the examinations for course credit. The mastery score will be documented on the student’s official records/transcripts.
The following EOC subjects are not available for acceleration: Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and US History.
Students seeking Exam for Acceleration must earn a passing score on the district screener.
Exam for Acceleration Deposit
Kennedale ISD requests that parents or guardians who have students taking Acceleration exams make a $25 deposit per exam to the district to reserve the date. Once the student has attended the exam administration dates and have taken their exams, the parent or guardian will be refunded their money.
Please note: A student may not take the grade acceleration exam more than once for a particular grade. A student may take the examination for course credit only once during each testing window but may not make more than two attempts to recover their credit.
Credit by Examination with Prior Instruction
The objective of CBE with prior instruction is to allow students in grades 6-12 to demonstrate mastery in a specific course/subject that have received instruction in. Situations in which this would be allowed are when a student has failed the course, enrolled in KISD from a non-accredited school, or has received a passing grade but did not receive credit due to excessive absences. There are a few steps to be taken for a student who is taking an examination with prior instruction. They are as followed:
- A counselor will determine the student’s need for the examination (failing grade, excessive absences, or transferred from non-accredited school) and will confirm that prior instruction in the specific course(s) has been provided.
- Application and exam fee have been submitted by registration date.
Students who take the CBE with prior instruction must score 70% or higher to have mastered the subject/course. The mastery score will be documented on the student’s official records/transcripts.
Please note: A student may take the examination for course credit only once during each testing window but may not make more than two attempts to recover their credit.
Credit by Examination Fees
Students who register for Credit by Exams with prior instruction will be responsible for the cost of each part of the exam. For example, an exam that has a Part A and Part B, each costing $25.00, will owe Kennedale ISD $50.00. A payment must be made before the ordering of the exam.
Examination Testing Windows
Per Education Code 28.023; 19 TAC 74.24(a)(1), a district shall administer exams no fewer than four times per year. The testing windows set by the SBOE are as followed:
- January 1 – March 31
- April 1 – June 30
- July 1 – September 30
- October 1 – December 31
Testing dates for Kennedale ISD:
LOTE Exam Administration
Oct 1 – Dec 31
September 16, 2019
October 16-17, 2019
October 18, 2019
Jan 1 – Mar 31
December 16, 2019
January 15-16, 2020
January 17, 2020
Apr 1 – June 30
March 16, 2020
April 15-16, 2020
April 17, 2020
July 1 – Sep 30
June 16, 2020
July 15-16, 2020
July 17, 2020
Testing is conducted in 3-hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Students are limited to one exam per session.
No late applications will be accepted after the deadline.
The objective of LOTE (Language Other Than English) Assessments without prior instruction is to allow students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to receive credit for a specific course and any levels below the tested course.
The same rules for the LOTE Assessments apply when it comes to with and without prior instruction.
Placement Exams are given to students who want to be placed into a higher course for the Spanish language.
Procedures for LOTE are the same as CBE course credit and grade acceleration. However, tests are to be given on a separate day as a different proctor will be needed.
Kennedale ISD will follow the standards and guidelines given by Kennedale’s Board of Trustees’ Local Policy as well as the State Board of Education. Students will be given a fair opportunity to test as long as the above criteria is met.