EHDC(REGULATION) - ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR EARNING CREDIT: CREDIT BY EXAMINATION WITHOUT PRIOR INSTRUCTION

Test Selection

As provided by law, a District student who has not received prior instruction in a subject area or grade level may take credit by examination for acceleration to earn credit for those courses or grade levels.

The District uses TEA-approved examinations from a university or other appropriate source for students in grades 1–12. A list of available examinations may be obtained from the school counselors, university centers, or the office of system-wide testing. These examinations thoroughly assess the student's mastery of the essential knowledge and skills in the applicable grade level or subject area.

Test Dates

The District provides four testing windows: one between January 1 and March 31, one between April 1 and June 30, one between July 1 and September 30, and one between October 1 and December 31 when examinations for acceleration are administered for grades 1–12. The office of system-wide testing will set test administration dates and application deadlines annually. These dates will be advertised in the community and on the District's website, posted in schools, and published in the District's course offering documents and other similar District publications.

Eligibility Requirements

Kindergarten Acceleration

Parents of a kindergarten student may request that their child be considered for acceleration to first grade. The request for acceleration must be made in writing to the principal. By signing appropriate forms secured from the office of system-wide testing, parents may also request that the student be tested. Students considered for acceleration into first grade must score at or above the 90th percentile on a District-approved, nationally recognized norm-referenced test. Procedures will be as follows:

The principal will set up a conference prior to the first day of instruction. Included in the conference will be the parent or guardian, the principal, and the child's kindergarten teacher and other staff deemed appropriate by the principal.

The conference will be used to gather background information about the child, to share kindergarten and first-grade curricula with parents, and to determine if additional steps are necessary.

The parents or guardian will be given the opportunity to present evidence that suggests the child is likely to meet success in the first grade, such as former teacher reports, student work, and the like.

A decision to keep the child in kindergarten may be made at this time, or if there is evidence that suggests the child may be successful in first grade, additional information may be collected.

A plan of action for accommodating the child in first grade or kindergarten will be presented to the parents or guardian. Careful consideration will be given to the child's performance expectations and the impact of this decision on the child's entire school career. The final decision will rest with the principal.

If the decision is to administer credit by examination for acceleration, the following will apply:

These examinations will be administered and scored by the office of system-wide testing.

Based on the test results, chronological age, observed social and emotional development of the student, and other criteria deemed appropriate by the principal, the principal will decide if the student may accelerate to the next grade level.

A written statement of the principal's approval and documentation justifying the approval for acceleration will be placed in the student's cumulative folder.

[See FD(REGULATION) for first grade underage enrollment provisions]

Elementary Grades 1–5 or 6 Acceleration

A parent or guardian of an elementary student (grades 1–5 or 6) may request that his or her child be considered for acceleration. The student must not have had prior instruction at that grade level and subject, must follow the registration procedure in this regulation, and must secure the principal's recommendation for acceleration. Parents must sign appropriate forms indicating that they have requested the opportunity for acceleration by credit by examination for the enrolled child and confirming a lack of prior instruction at the accelerated (targeted) grade level to which the child is hoping to advance. Documentation of these approvals will be placed in the student's cumulative folder.

Elementary students may register to take credit by examination for acceleration for the next school year but may not take examinations for acceleration after the first 21 days of a given school year. Unless otherwise specified, an approved test administrator will test elementary students at their home campuses.

Secondary Grades 6–12 Acceleration

Secondary students (grades 6–12) may take a specific District-approved examination for credit for acceleration, providing they have not had prior instruction in the course. Credit by examination registration forms will require a parent's signature, permitting the student to be tested for acceleration and confirming that the student has not had prior instruction in the course. The registration procedures in this regulation and in policy EHDC(LOCAL) must also be followed.

Registration Procedures

A student enrolled in the District and a student entering the District from a nonaccredited public, private, or parochial school, including a homeschool, who wishes to take an examination for acceleration, or a parent wishing to have his or her child tested for acceleration, must apply through the school principal or registrar. Written approval for the acceleration of students must be obtained from parents of students in kindergarten–grade 12. If a student is currently enrolled in the District, the principal's signature must be secured as verification that the student's records do not indicate prior instruction in the course. Counselors or registrars will submit required applications and appropriate forms for testing to the office of system-wide testing by scheduled deadlines. [See EHDC(LOCAL)]

Procedures for Testing for Acceleration

Kindergarten students will be tested for acceleration during the summer months on the District's designated dates by the office of system-wide testing.

Students in grades 1–6 will be tested on the District's designated dates by the office of system-wide testing during the summer months. These students may not take a single examination for acceleration. A passing score on all four examinations covering the core subjects per grade level is required to accelerate one grade level.

Students in 7–12 will be tested in a group administration on the District's designated dates. These students may take a maximum of two examinations per day during the scheduled group administration of credit by examination for acceleration. Students in grades 7 and 8 will be given four examinations to cover the core subjects. Each test for grades 9–12 will cover the essential knowledge and skills for one semester. Credit by examination for acceleration in grades 7–12 may be taken individually.

Passing Score

The District will give a student in grades 6–12 credit for an academic subject in which the student has received no prior instruction if the student scores:

Eighty percent or above on a criterion-referenced examination for acceleration for the applicable course;

A three or higher on an advanced placement examination approved by the Board and developed by the College Board; or

A scaled score of 50 or higher on an examination approved by the Board and administered through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).

If such credit is given, the District will enter the examination score on the student's transcript and the student is not required to take an end-of-course assessment instrument under Education Code 39.023(c) for that subject. The following grade scale shall apply:

AP Score to Numeric Grade Conversion

CLEP Scaled Score to Numeric Grade Conversion

(Including LOTE Level 1)*

CLEP Scaled Score to Numeric Grade Conversion: French II

CLEP Scaled Score to Numeric Grade Conversion: German II

CLEP Scaled Score to Numeric Grade Conversion: Spanish II

In addition, an essay is required for the following CLEP examinations:

American Literature

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

College Composition

College Composition Modular

English Literature

Humanities

Failing scores on credit by examination will not be recorded on the transcript. A passing credit by examination grade will not be yearlong averaged with a failing credit by examination grade for award of credit. [See EHDB(REGULATION)]

Passing grades earned through credit by examination may be yearlong averaged with grades earned in the classroom, traditional setting, or credit recovery programs. [See EIA(REGULATION)]

A student will not be permitted to rescind a request for credit by examination for acceleration once the test has been completed.

A student will not be permitted to retake credit by examination for acceleration tests for a higher grade once the student has met minimum passing standards, nor will a student be permitted to take credit by examination for the purpose of earning a higher grade to replace an existing passing grade in a course. [See EHDB(REGULATION), EIA(REGULATION), and FD(REGULATION)]

Credit earned through credit by examination will be recorded on the transcript as a nonweighted course, except in instances in which a student earns credit for an examination administered through the Advanced Placement or College-Level Examination Program. [See EHDB(REGULATION)]

Limitations on Taking Examinations

If a student fails a credit by examination for acceleration and wishes to retake an examination, he or she may retake the exam one time at his or her own expense through the University of Texas or Texas Tech University Distance Learning Centers, or the student may wait for the next District administration of the examination if deemed appropriate by the principal. A student may not attempt to earn credit for a specific high school course more than two times. [See EHDC(LEGAL), FD(LOCAL) and (REGULATION)]

If a student fails to earn credit by examination for a specific high school course before the beginning of the school year in which the student would ordinarily be required to enroll in that course in accordance with the District's prescribed course sequence, the student must satisfactorily complete the course to receive credit for the course. [See EHDC(LEGAL)]

Austin ISD

EHDC(REGULATION)-X

LDU 2019.02

DATE ISSUED: 3/7/2019