Credit By Exam (CBE)
CBE may be used to skip a grade level or reclaim a credit lost. For students wanting to advance a level or to earn credit for a course not previously taken, they must earn at least an 80 in all sections required under that grade level. For students wanting to reclaim a credit lost for grades or attendance purposes, a student must earn at least a 70.
A student not six years old at the beginning of the school year may be placed initially in first grade if he or she meets the following requirements:
- Scores on readiness tests or achievement tests that may be administered by appropriate District personnel.
- Recommendation of the kindergarten or preschool the student has attended.
- Chronological age and observed social and emotional development of the student.
- Other criteria deemed appropriate by the GPC.
- The student’s parent or guardian written approval of the acceleration.
Assessment for Acceleration
For elementary students, it is recommended that students be tested in the summer so that no instruction is missed if a grade is skipped. A student in any of Grades 1-5 may be accelerated one grade if he or she meets the following requirements:
- The student scores 80% on the CBE assessment for the grade level he or she wants to skip in each of the following areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies;
- A campus/district representative recommends that the student be accelerated; and
- The student's parent or guardian gives written approval for the acceleration.
For example, a student that finished third grade and took and successfully completed all four CBE core subject exams at or above the 80th percentile would qualify to enter the fifth grade the next school year.
The District shall give a student in grades 6–12 credit for an academic subject in which the student has received no prior instruction if the student scores:
1. Eighty percent or above on a credit by examination developed by the University of Texas at Austin or Texas Tech University.
2. A 3 or higher on a College Board advanced placement examination to include French Language and Composition, German Language and Composition, Latin Language and Composition, Spanish Language and Composition, and English Language and Composition.
3. A 50 or higher on College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations to include Spanish Language, French Language, German Language, College Math, Natural Science, Information Systems, and College Algebra.