Credit by Exam for Acceleration - No prior instruction
Credit by Exam (CBE) for Acceleration is an assessment option which provides an opportunity to earn grade level or course credit in which no prior formal instruction was completed. The CBE for Acceleration, CBEA, is designed for a very small percentage of learners who have both academic and emotional needs to advance a grade level (K-8) or a course (high school). CBEA is not designed for grade level recovery when a student is retained in a previous grade level. The only students that should take exams for acceleration are those who display an extremely advanced level of understanding of all learning objectives assessed by the CBE, which will be the grade level/course above the grade level/course in which a learner is currently enrolled. The district will cover the exam fees as long as exams are ordered within the testing windows set by the district and taken on a PFISD campus. Reference our Frequently Asked Questions document to learn more about the CBE testing process.
Credit by Exam - Prior Instruction
Credit by exam to earn course credit when a student has had prior instruction may occur under the following conditions:
- The student is enrolling in the District from a non-acceredited private, public, or homeschool;
- The student has failed a subject or course and credit recovery or summer school is not available for the course;
- The student has earned a passing grade in a subject or course but has failed to earn credit because of excessive absences;
Students with prior formal instruction in a course must demonstrate a 70% or higher to earn credit. The district will only provide testing for the first condition; other conditions will need to arrange testing through the UT system with district approval. Check with your campus counselor to determine options available at the campus for credit recovery.
There are two types of Credit by Exam (state definitions):
1) Acceleration: Students meeting 90% standard can be considered for Kindergarten acceleration in addition to other social and academic checkpoints. Students meeting the 80% standard can be considered for grade level promotion (1-5) or can attain subject acceleration/credits (6-12). In order to qualify for this type of CBE, a student cannot have any prior instruction in the grade level or course for which they are seeking credit. Provision for this assessment is required by law (Texas Administrative Code §74.24). A school district must provide at least four testing testing windows annually for this assessment (see dates below). 2) Recovery: Students wishing to recover credits (9-12) or be considered for grade level promotion (K-8; generally, only students who were held back a grade qualify for this assessment) can arrange with a participating testing organization to take this test. School districts ARE NOT required to provide these assessments. If a student wishes to take this type of CBE, a parent/guardian must make arrangements directly with a participating testing organization offering CBEs.
Credit by Exam for Acceleration Local Procedures and Processes:
With the exception of Kindergarten, all students will need to meet the 80% or above standard for each course taken in order to be considered for promotion or credit. In grades 1-8 students need to meet the 80% or above standard in all core subjects listed at the grade level for promotion. Students may only accelerate past one level per year. In grades 9-12, students may accelerate by single subject. CBE's may only be attempted once per testing window and only two total attempts may be offered.
KindergartenAcceleration out of kindergarten is based upon both academic and social skills criteria. Students must meet the 90% standard on each of 4 tests: language arts, math, science, & social studies in addition to other social and academic checkpoints. Kinder CBE testing may only be attempted one time. There are two testing windows to choose from: summer or fall. 1st - 5th grades Students must meet the 80% standard on each of 4 tests: language arts, math, science, & social studies. 6th Grade Students must meet the 80% standard on each of 4 tests: language arts, math, science, & social studies 7th Grade Students must meet the 80% standard on each of 4 tests: language arts, math, science, Texas History & Geography 8th Grade Students must meet the 80% standard on each of 4 tests: language arts, math, science, U.S. History & citizenship 9th - 12th grades Students must meet the 80% standard on any of the following course exams:
Course ExamsCredit by Exam for Acceleration Timeline
FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
**Credit by examination, TEC 28.023(c) requires a school district to award a student credit on the basis of a successful score on an examination and to enter the examination score on the student's transcript. Students may use credit by examination to fulfill their course requirements.
CBE Testing Windows - Pflugerville ISD
2022 - 2023
July 27 – August 10, 2022
May 28, 2022
Registered students will be contacted by campus with testing format and date.
August 29 - September 16, 2022
August 17, 2022
Registered students will be contacted by campus with test date.
November 14 - December 11, 2022 October 30, 2022 6-12 Administration for acceleration in one semester and high school courses only. Registered students will be contacted by campus with test date. Early Spring 2023 February 13 - March 6, 2023 January 28, 2023 6-12 Administration for acceleration in one semester and high school courses only. Registered students will be contacted by campus with test date. End of Year 2023
May 8-26, 2023
April 11, 2023 K-12 Registered students will be contacted by campus with test date. Summer 2023
July 24 - August 10, 2023
May 27, 2023 K-12 Registered students will be contaced by campus with test date.
CBE for Acceleration Forms and Resources
- Grades K-5: Elementary - English
- Grades K-5: Elementary-Spanish
- Grades 6-8: Middle School - English
- Grades 6-8: Middle School - Spanish
- Grades 9-12: High School - English
- Grades 9-12: High School - Spanish
- Grades K-12: Study Guides - The University of Texas
- Grades K-12: Study Guides - Texas Tech University
All tests will be ordered from The University of Texas unless there is no test available in which the test will come from Texas Tech University. Learn more about the exams at: University of Texas| Texas Tech University
Please contact your child's school counselor for information and registration. All registrations must come from PfISD campuses to ensure that correct exams are requested and that campuses have a plan in place to administer the tests. Most CBE's in PfISD are ordered through the University of Texas.