Covid-19 Impact Update: For students who have met the application requirements for Window A (summer testing), the plan is to continue to provide this testing opportunity for grades 3-12. Those students/parents will receive an email with more details. If your student is taking a World Language EA please refer to information on their website by clicking here.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

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 non-accredited 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

Covid-19 Impact Update - Virtual Avant World Language Assessments

Window Application Window Application Deadline Test Dates
2020  D   12/4/2019 thru 3/27/2020 3/27/2020

** Current FISD Students

^^ New to FISD Students Only

Acceleration for the 2020-21 School Year
*Window A:  For students who complete the application process by the deadline, they will have the option of testing online at home with a virtual proctor or in person if Covid guidelines allow (TBD). 

Window Application Window Application Deadline Test Dates
A*  3/28/2020 thru 6/1/2020 **6/1/2020 **July 20-July 23 (Centralized Testing)
 6/2/2020 thru 8/21/2020 8/21/2020
^^^ August 8 (Centralized Testing) 
^^ August 15 (Centralized Testing) 
^^ August 17-Sept 4 (Testing On Campus) 
B   8/22/2020 thru 10/23/2020 10/23/2020
November 4-6
November 7 (World Languages Only)
2021 C  10/24/2020 thru 12/4/2020 12/4/2020
January 6-8
January 9 (World Languages Only)
D  12/5/2020 thru 3/26/2021 3/26/2021
April 19-30 
April 10 (World Languages Only)
May 15 (World Languages Only)

** Current FISD Students

^^ New to FISD Students Only

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