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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. 

Window Dates Application Window Deadline
A ** July 24 - July 27  N/A 6/4/2018
^^ August 4  N/A Rolling
^^ August 11    N/A Rolling
B November 6 - November 9   N/A 10/19/2018
2019 C January 15 - January 18  11/12/2018 - 11/30/2018 11/30/2018
D May 20 - May 30  1/22/2019 - 4/18/2019 4/18/2019

** Current and New to FISD Students

^^ New to FISD Students Only

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