Credit By Examination (Course/Grade Acceleration)

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Clear Creek ISD offers four opportunities (fall, spring, and twice during the summer) for students to gain credit by examination.  Exams are available for kindergarten acceleration (summer only), all grade levels 1-8, and selected TEKS-based courses in grades 6-12.  The purpose of Credit by Exam is to allow a student to accelerate and earn credit without prior formal instruction in that course or grade.  The student must score a minimum of 80 for the required test(s) for the appropriate course/grade in which the student wants to skip.  If a student is attempting to test out of an entire grade level, he/she must earn a minimum of 80% on each of four content area exams (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies). Summer 2018 test dates have been set, which are detailed below.    

Fall 2018

Round 1-October 24, 2018 (English Language Arts CBE)

Round 2-November 7-8, 2018 (Math, Science, and Social Studies CBEs)

Specific Course Acceleration for Intermediate and High School (6-12):

For intermediate and high school students wishing to test out of a specific course(s), CBEs will be administered on the following dates:

  • November 7-8, 2018 (Fall)

Fall session deadline for forms to be turned in to campus counselors: Friday, September 28, 2018. Registration begins September 10.

NO LATE REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Forms turned in after the deadline will be placed into the next testing window.

Students must be available to test each day during the window in which they have selected. There will be no makeups or rescheduling opportunities. Only two attempts for each CBE are allowed, per TEA, and if students do not attend their scheduled session, that absence will count as one of their two total attempts since the test has already been ordered. Please note that tests are ordered nearly two months in advance.
Tests will only be offered during the dates listed above, and tests may not be rescheduled. 

Failure to attend your scheduled test session(s) will result in a dropped course from UT's High School.

Students interested in participating in the credit by examination process should contact their school counselor for future CBE test sessions. Please contact the school counselor at the student’s school to determine if that student qualifies for Credit by Exam.  Please direct specific questions concerning the Credit by Exam program or kindergarten acceleration to Laura Gaffey at 281-284-8384. 

Documentation for Certain CBEs
Please note that it is the student' s responsibility to bring any necessary materials and/or documentation to the testing site, as indicated on the UT High School's study guide websites for the specific exams. Please see the website listed below in order to access specific study guides. Also, some exams require preparation prior to the test, so please be sure to read the information on the specific study guide for the test in which you registered. Students who do not provide required documentation at the testing site will not be permitted to test.

Art 1 A&B and Physical Education 1B CBEs
For students who would like to earn credit in these electives through CBE, they will need to turn in ALL required documentation to their counselor one month prior to the scheduled testing session. If students do not turn in required documentation, the test will NOT be ordered.

World Languages and Cultures
For students who are taking any World Languages and Cultures CBEs, CCISD will provide you with a username and password for the speaking and listening portion of the exam, which will be online. CCISD will provide headphones (with a microphone) for participating students.
Beginning Fall 2017, CCISD began offering CBEs for the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, which are be AAPPL assessments. Please note that these AAPPL assessment shave a time limit of 3 hours. For more information regarding Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish AAPPL CBEs, please visit the links below:
AAPPL test information
Online Tutorials for AAPPL

English Language Arts (Grades 3-8):

TEA Policy has changed regarding dictionary use for STAAR tests. Please note that for 3-8 ELA CBEs, students may use a dictionary. Please note that CCISD will not be providing dictionaries for student use on CBEs; however, students may bring a paper-based dictionary to use during the exam if they choose. Students may NOT use an electronic device of any kind. Again, we will not provide dictionaries for students.

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Calculators, if allowable, are provided by CCISD. Students may not use their own devices. Please see the calculator policy linked here.

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Texas state law requires that in order for students to be enrolled in kindergarten, they must be 5 years old on or before September 1. If a student is currently enrolled in a private kindergarten school and will be 5 years old on or before September 1, they are eligible to register for the kindergarten CBE in the summer; however, if the student will not be 5 years old by September 1, they are not eligible for the kindergarten CBE.
Kindergarten acceleration is only offered during the summer.
Please note that for students to be successful on the ELA kindergarten acceleration exam, it is recommended that students are reading at a minimum level of a D to E, which in numerical conversions spans levels 6-8. Student must comprehend text at a high level.

CCISD Policy: Kindergarten Acceleration

The Board has approved the following criteria to allow a child who is five years old at the beginning of the school year to be assigned initially to grade 1 rather than to kindergarten.  Criteria for acceleration may include:

  1. A score of 80 percent or higher on District-approved readiness tests and/or achievement tests that may be administered by appropriate District personnel in each of the core areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

  2. A letter of recommendation from the preschool or kindergarten class the student has attended.

  3. Successful completion of a two- to four-week placement in a class where chronological age and social and emotional development of the student is observed.

  4. The recommendation of the grade placement committee, consisting of the school counselor, principal, advanced academic facilitator, and a teacher with knowledge of the grade level and content areas.

  5. Written parental approval.

If it is found to be in the best interest of the student’s academic and affective needs, the committee may make a recommendation to the Superintendent or designee for course or grade-level acceleration.  The student’s parents shall be notified by letter of the approval or denial of student acceleration.

For Kindergarten acceleration, students should be reading on an ending 1st grade level since the ELA passages are on that reading level.

Testing Information
Each CBE has a maximum three (3) hour time limit.

Confirmation letters
Confirmation letters will be sent to students' home addresses via US mail and via email approximately 3-4 weeks prior to testing. Please be sure to retain the confirmation letter and email for your records and closely read the enclosed testing information and FAQs.

Grade Reports
Grade reports will be sent home following CBE test administration either via US mail and/or email. A copy of the grade report will also be sent to the campus in which the student currently attends/will attend.

Questions regarding CBE?
Please contact the school counselor at the student’s school to determine if that student qualifies for Credit by Exam.  

Leading the Way in the 21st Century!

All exams will be online assessments* with the exception of the following: Art I, all Physical Education 1B courses, all World Languages and Cultures (WLC), Math Models, Pre-Calculus, World History, and World Geography. Please note that the availability of online assessments is subject to change. Depending on UT's High School's availability, some students will be issued paper-based tests in the event that certain tests are in the process of being updated or some other extenuating circumstance.
*As UT High School continues to update CBEs, some exams may be paper-based (other than the list shown above).
For information and requirements about specific CBE assessments, please visit the Study Guides listed below.

*Grade 4 and 7 ELA requires students to submit a typed composition using a keyboard similar to the one pictured below.*
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Students and parents may obtain and print study guides (grades K-12) by accessing the following link:
UT High School's Study Guides

Please note that beginning Summer 2018, the following high school level CBEs will be offered for Credit by Examination for acceleration purposes:

  1. Algebra I

  2. Biology

  3. English I

  4. English II

  5. U.S. History

For more information on this issue, please refer to the TEA website (specifically, 19 TAC Chapter 74 Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter C, Other Provisions, §74.24).

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