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 2020-21 School Year
Covid-19 Impact Update - Virtual Avant World Language Assessments
|Window ||Application Opens ||Application Closes ||Test Dates |
|A || 3/28/2020 ||**6/1/2020 ||**July 20-July 23 (Centralized Testing) |
| 6/2/2020 ||8/14/2020 |
|^^ August (Online Virtual Testing) - Test |
date and exam deadline to be determined
by application submission date.
Special Note: Parents with approved
applications by August 14 will receive
|B || 8/15/2020 ||10/23/2020 |
|November 4-6 |
November 7 (World Languages Only)
|2021 ||C || 10/24/2020 ||12/4/2020 |
|January 6-8 |
January 9 (World Languages Only)
|D || 12/5/2020 ||3/26/2021 |
|April 19-30 |
April 10 (World Languages Only)
May 15 (World Languages Only)
** Current FISD Students
^^ New to FISD Students Only