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 2020-21 School Year
Covid-19 Impact Update - Virtual Avant World Language Assessments

Window Application Opens Application Closes  Test Dates
2020
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
detailed information.

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

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