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Elementary School

Elementary School Exam for Acceleration Without Prior Instruction

Exam for Acceleration (without prior instruction) is available to first through fifth grade students who wish to test for advancement to the next grade level. Examinations for grades 1-5 are criterion-referenced tests from Texas Tech University, University of Texas, or other testing instruments approved by the Superintendent or designee. Elementary students must take exams in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies for the grade level he or she wishes to skip. Students must demonstrate mastery of 80% or higher mastery on each test to be eligible for advancement. A school district representative recommends acceleration of the student. Students are encouraged to review the course study guide on the university website.

The testing window and application deadlines are listed below for students currently attending Frisco ISD. For students who move to the Frisco community at the start of the school year, testing will be offered in September.

There is no charge for testing. Students who register for an examination and do not take the examination will be assessed a fine equivalent to the cost of procuring the examination. Exam results will be mailed to the counselor after scoring is completed.

Students may not attempt to earn credit for a specific course and/or grade level more than two times.

Placement in a new grade will only occur at the start of a school year regardless of when an exam for acceleration is taken.

Please see your child's counselor to obtain an Exam for Acceleration Application.

Testing Windows and Deadlines

Window Dates Deadline
2016 A ** Aug 1-10 6/2/16
^^ Aug 1 - Sept 2 Rolling
B * Nov 8-11 10/21/16
2017 C * Jan 10-13 12/2/16
D May 18-31 5/2/17

* High schools may also test on the following dates (Saturday): Nov. 12, 2016 and Jan. 14, 2017

** Current FISD Students

^^ New to FISD Students

Middle School

Middle School Credit by Examination With Prior Instruction

Students under certain circumstances may be able to take Credit by Exam for a course in which they have had prior instruction but did not receive credit. The principal or designee or the attendance committee, as applicable, shall have authority to offer a student the opportunity to demonstrate mastery in a subject or to earn course credit by examination when the student has had prior instruction in a subject and when:

  • 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.

Examinations shall assess the student’s mastery of the essential knowledge and skills and shall be administered according to established District procedures.

Prior to offering a student an opportunity to demonstrate mastery or earn credit by this method, an appropriate District employee shall review the student’s educational records to determine whether the student has had prior instruction in the subject or course.

Students who attended school in a foreign country which was taught in a language other than English may also qualify to test that language (French, Spanish, German) with prior instruction. Students are encouraged to review the course objectives provided on the university website.

Students must demonstrate 70% or higher mastery on the exams. Applications are available from the school counselor. There is a fee of $45 to $50 for each semester exam.

Please see your child's counselor to obtain an Exam for Acceleration Application.

Middle School Exam for Acceleration Without Prior Instruction

Middle school students who wish to earn credit for a course in which they have had no prior formal instruction may test through an exam for acceleration. Examinations for Grade 6-8 are criterion-referenced tests from Texas Tech University, University of Texas, or other testing instruments approved by the Superintendent or designee. Students must demonstrate 80% or higher mastery on the exam in order to earn credit. If a student meets the passing criteria on the Exam for Acceleration, the student must accelerate. Students are encouraged to review the course study guide on the university website. If a student fails to achieve the designated score for a subject before the beginning of the school year in which the student would ordinarily be required to enroll in that subject, the student must satisfactorily complete the course to receive credit. Courses taken for high school credit will not be computed in class rank.

***Due to changes in exams for acceleration, §74.24 of 19 TAC, an EOC assessed course must now be validated to meet more rigorous requirements. Since there is not currently an assessment that meets the new validation criteria instituted by The Texas Education Agency for an EOC assessed course, we cannot offer an exam for acceleration for EOC tested subjects at this time.

Applications are available from the middle school counselor and must be returned to the counselor for processing. The application deadlines as well as the test sessions are listed below. Parents should be aware that there are no exceptions available for students to test for acceleration and plan accordingly.

For students who move to the Frisco community at the start of the school year, every effort will be made to provide an opportunity for student to test during the second or third week of school.

There is no charge for testing. Students who register for an examination and do not take the examination will be assessed a fine equivalent to the cost of procuring the examination. Exam results will be mailed to the counselor after scoring is completed.

Students may not attempt to earn credit for a specific course and/or grade level more than two times.

Placement in a new grade will only occur at the start of a school year regardless of when an exam for acceleration is taken.

Please see your child's counselor to obtain an Exam for Acceleration Application.

Testing Windows and Deadlines

Window Dates Deadline
2016 A ** Aug 1-10 6/2/16
^^ Aug 1 - Sept 2 Rolling
B * Nov 8-11 10/21/16
2017 C * Jan 10-13 12/2/16
D May 18-31 5/2/17

* High schools may also test on the following dates (Saturday): Nov. 12, 2016 and Jan. 14, 2017

** Current FISD Students

^^ New to FISD Students

***Due to changes in exams for acceleration, §74.24 of 19 TAC, an EOC assessed course must now be validated to meet more rigorous requirements. Since there is not currently an assessment that meets the new validation criteria instituted by The Texas Education Agency for an EOC assessed course, we cannot offer an exam for acceleration for EOC tested subjects at this time.

High School

High School Credit by Examination With Prior Instruction

Students under certain circumstances may be able to take Credit by Exam for a course in which they have had prior instruction but did not receive credit. The principal or designee or the attendance committee, as applicable, shall have authority to offer a student the opportunity to demonstrate mastery in a subject or to earn course credit by examination when the student has had prior instruction in a subject and when:

  • 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.

Examinations shall assess the student’s mastery of the essential knowledge and skills and shall be administered according to established District procedures.

Prior to offering a student an opportunity to demonstrate mastery or earn credit by this method, an appropriate District employee shall review the student’s educational records to determine whether the student has had prior instruction in the subject or course.

Students who attended school in a foreign country which was taught in a language other than English may also qualify to test that language (French, Spanish, German) with prior instruction. Students are encouraged to review the course objectives provided on the university website.

Students must demonstrate 70% or higher mastery on the exams. Applications are available from the school counselor. There is a fee of $45 to $50 for each semester exam.

Please see your child's counselor to obtain an Exam for Acceleration Application.

High School Exam for Acceleration Without Prior Instruction

Students who wish to earn credit for a course in which they have had no prior formal instruction may test through exam for acceleration. Examinations for Grade 9-12 are criterion-referenced tests from Texas Tech University, University of Texas, or other testing instruments approved by the Superintendent or designee. Student must demonstrate 80% or higher mastery on the exam in order to earn credit. If a student takes an exam for acceleration for a high school credit course, the student must receive a score of 80% on each semester exam to receive credit for the course. A score less than 80% on the first semester exam will stop the process of acceleration. Students are encouraged to review the course study guide on the university website. If a student fails to achieve the designated score for a subject before the beginning of the school year in which the student would ordinarily be required to enroll in that subject, the student must satisfactorily complete the course to receive credit. Courses taken for high school credit will not be computed in class rank.

***Due to changes in exams for acceleration, §74.24 of 19 TAC, an EOC assessed course must now be validated to meet more rigorous requirements. Since there is not currently an assessment that meets the new validation criteria instituted by The Texas Education Agency for an EOC assessed course, we cannot offer an exam for acceleration for EOC tested subjects at this time.

Applications are available from the high school counselor and must be returned to the counselor for processing. The application deadlines as well as the test sessions are listed below. Parents should be aware that there are no exceptions available for students to test for acceleration and plan accordingly.

For students who move to the Frisco community at the start of the school year, every effort will be made to provide an opportunity for student to test during the second or third week of school, if the course credit is necessary for first semester course scheduling.

There is no charge for testing. Students who register for an examination and do not take the examination will be assessed a fine equivalent to the cost of procuring the examination. Exam results will be mailed to the counselor after scoring is completed.

Please see your child's counselor to obtain an Exam for Acceleration Application.

Testing Windows and Deadlines

Window Dates Deadline
2016 A ** Aug 1-10 6/2/16
^^ Aug 1 - Sept 2 Rolling
B * Nov 8-11 10/21/16
2017 C * Jan 10-13 12/2/16
D May 18-31 5/2/17

* High schools may also test on the following dates (Saturday): Nov. 12, 2016 and Jan. 14, 2017

** Current FISD Students

^^ New to FISD Students

A student may not attempt to earn credit by exam for a specific high school course more than two times. (TAC §74.24, EHDC (Legal))

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