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Credit by Exam Grades 3 - 12

posted Feb 24, 2014, 7:41 AM by Barbara Honea

According to SB 1365, Section 2. Section 28.023, Credit by Exam, has been amended to read, in part, as follows:

(a)   Using guidelines established by the State Board of Education, a school district shall develop or select for review by the district board of trustees examinations for acceleration for each primary school grade level and for credit for secondary school academic subjects.

(b)   A school district shall give a student in a primary grade level credit for a grade level and advance the student one grade level on the basis of an examination for acceleration approved by the board of trustees under Subsection (a) if:

(1)    The student scores in the 80th percentile or above on each section of the examination;

(c)   A school district shall give a student in grade level six or above credit in the subject approved by the board of trustees under Subsection (a) if the student scores in the 80th percentile or above on the examination…  If a student is given credit in a subject on the basis of an examination, the district shall enter the examination score on the student’s transcript and the student is not required to take an end-of-course assessment instrument adopted under Section 39.023 (c) for that subject.

(d)   Each district shall administer each examination approved by the board of trustees under Subsection (a) not fewer than four times each year...

 

The final rule also requires district to establish these four CBE testing windows for grades 1 to 12:

--Jan. 1 to March 31;  --April 1 to June 30;  --July 1 to Sept. 30;  --Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

 

The final version of the rule also leaves it up to districts to establish how many days of CBE testing must occur during each of the four testing windows.

 

To assist school districts, Region 7 Education Service Center will offer Credit by Exam tests from the University of Texas at Austin for grades 3 – 12 in June and July which will satisfy TWO of the required testing windows.    Three testing days will be offered in June and three testing days will be offered in July.

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Location                                 Date Administered                Testing Sessions: Start Times

Region 7 ESC                         June 25, 26, & 27, 2014          8:30 am & 1:00 pm

Region 7 ESC                         July 7, 8, & 9, 2014     `           8:30 am & 1:00 pm

 

Testing sessions begin at 8:30 am and 1:00pm.  Because of the time allotted for each test (3 hours), students testing in the afternoon must arrive promptly at 1:00 to begin testing.   In addition, students who are taking multiple tests should allow for more than one testing day.  Tests usually take from one to three hours to complete with three hours being the maximum time allowed for EACH test taken.  Students choose either June or July to complete tests.  The cost to districts is $30.00 PER test. 

A battery of four (4) exams (Math, Language Arts and Reading, Science and Social Studies) is offered for grades 3 - 5.   The complete battery must be taken.  There will not be any exams offered for students in grades K – 2.   Please refer to your local district policy regarding testing for K – 2 students.

 

The following exams are offered for grades 6, 7, and 8:

 

·         Grade 6 – Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science

·         Grade 7 – Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science

·         Grade 8 – Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and  Science

 

Students may earn credit for an academic subject in grades 6 – 12 if he/she has met the stipulated requirements. 

 

A complete listing of exams for grades 9 – 12 can be found at: http://www.utexas.edu/ce/k16/cbe-ea/exams-available/   Please note that at the High School level, each semester exam is ½ credit unless otherwise indicated. 

 

Please complete the enclosed “District Registration Form for 2014 Credit by Examination/Examination for Acceleration” by listing the name of each student, the exam(s) requested, and the dates preferred.  In addition, please duplicate the enclosed  “CREDIT BY EXAMINATION/EXAMINATION FOR ACCELERATION”  form for each student in order that students and parents may complete a form for testing, making sure that the  “Subjects Requested”  box is correctly filled in with the subjects and semesters needed. 

 

Note: According to 19 TAC §74.24, “A school district shall not charge for an examination for acceleration for each primary school grade level or for credit for secondary school academic subjects.”

 

The district registration form and all of the student forms should be returned to Donna Ashby at the address at the bottom of the form no later than April 18, 2014, and should be accompanied by a check or purchase order number from the district.  Do not return forms to the University of Texas at Austin.   

 

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