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Credit by Exam (CBE) and Exam for Acceleration (EA)

Definition & Purpose

Credit by Exam (CBE) and Exam for Acceleration (EA) are terms that are occasionally used interchangeably, but they are not utilized for the same purpose.

Credit by Exam (CBE) - Utilized to earn credit for a course, when a student has had prior instruction, and under the following conditions:

  • The student is enrolling in the District from a nonaccredited school;

  • The student has failed a subject or course; or

  • The student has earned a passing grade in a subject or course but has failed to earn credit because of excessive absences

Students must demonstrate mastery of 70% or higher on a CBE to earn credit. For students currently enrolled in FISD, the first condition does not apply and they would have to follow the Exam for Acceleration criteria.

Exam for Acceleration (EA) - Provides an opportunity to earn grade level or course credit in which no prior formal instruction was completed. The EA is designed for a very small percentage of learners who have both the academic and emotional need to advance a course. Exam for Acceleration is not designed for grade level recovery when a student is retained in a previous grade level. Students must demonstrate mastery of 80% or higher on an EA to earn credit.

The only students that should take a EA for acceleration are those who display an extremely advanced level of understanding of the learning objectives assessed on the EA which will be the grade level/course above the grade level/course in which your child is currently enrolled.

Elementary & Secondary Guidelines

Testing Dates & Deadlines

Please reach out to your student's counselor to apply. 

Acceleration for the 2019-20 School Year

Window Application Window Application Deadline Test Dates
A  4/23/2019 thru 6/3/2019 **6/3/2019 **July 22-July 25 (Centralized Testing)
 6/4/2019 thru 8/23/2019 8/23/2019
^^ August 10 (Centralized Testing)
 6/4/2019 thru 8/23/2019 8/23/2019
^^ August 17 (Centralized Testing)
  6/4/2019 thru 8/23/2019 8/23/2019 ^^ August 19- Sept 6 (Testing On Campus)
B   8/26/2019 thru 10/25/2019 10/25/2019
November 6-8
November 9 (World Languages Only)
2020 C  11/11/2019 thru 12/3/2019 12/3/2019
January 8-10
January 11 (World Languages Only)
D  12/4/2019 thru TBD 3/27/3020
April 20- May 1
April 4 (World Languages Only)
May 16 (World Languages Only)

** Current FISD Students

^^ New to FISD Students Only

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