Exam for Acceleration
  • Exams for Acceleration (EA) provide students an opportunity to earn grade level subject area credit or to advance through a grade level without prior instruction.  

    • The only students that should take an Exam for Acceleration (EA) are those who display an extremely advanced level of understanding of the learning objectives assessed.
    • Students that take Exams for Acceleration (EA) have both an academic and emotional need to advance in a subject area or grade level. 
    • Exams for Acceleration (EA) are 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 all Exams for Acceleration (EA).

     

  • Kindergarten Acceleration 

    Exams for Acceleration (EA) for Kindergarten is to allow students to advance to first grade who are not yet six years of age.  Typically, these are students who have been enrolled in a private kindergarten or have attended a kindergarten in another state.  

    Children must be 5 years old by September 1 and have completed registration for enrollment in Denton ISD in order to be eligible for acceleration testing. 

    The student's parent or guardian must initiate the request by completing the Request for Kindergarten Acceleration form.  Request must be submitted by June 10th.

    The parent/guardian must file the request with the Campus Principal, and attend a conference to discuss the request.  Parents/Guardians must make an appointment with the Campus Principal to review the request for acceleration.  The Campus Principal must make a recommendation for Exams for Acceleration before the student can register.

    A kindergarten student may be accelerated to first grade if he or she meets all of the following requirements:

    • Reading Assessment 80%
    • Math Assessment 80%
    • Other materials such as social maturity, observation records and student work
    • A school district representative recommends acceleration of the student
    • A parent/guardian approves acceleration of the student
    • Student must be 5 years old by September 1 of the new school year.

    The Campus Principal will make the recommendation for acceleration and the decision made will be final. Placement in first grade will occur based on the items listed above.  Placement should occur within the first six weeks of the school year.

    Please review the Kindergarten Acceleration Checklist for Parents.

     

    To Register for Kindergarten Acceleration - Click Here

  • Elementary (1-5):

    A student in Grades 1-5 may be accelerated one grade level if he or she meets all of the following requirements:

    • The student scores 80% or above on each of the criterion references tests in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies for the grade level he or she wishes to advance.
    • A school district representative recommends acceleration of the student.
    • A parent/guardian approves acceleration of the student. 
    • Elementary students (grades 1 – 5), will take a total of four tests to advance one grade level. It is suggested not to take more than two exams per day.

     

    Middle School (6-8):

    Exams for acceleration are to allow students to advance through a grade level or progress through a math subject area course without prior instruction.

    • Middle school students in grades 6-8 may advance one grade level or one subject area course (math only). 
    • Middle School students wishing to advance through a complete grade level will take four to eighttests total depending on testing format.  
    • Students may take up to two exams during each testing day. 
    • A student wishing to advance one grade level or test through a math subject area, must score80% or above on each exam taken. Scores are not averaged.
    • A student may attempt each exam a maximum of 2 times.

     

    High School (9-12):

    Exams for acceleration are to allow students to advance through a subject area course without prior instruction.

    • High school students wishing to advance through a course must take two exams (Fall semester - A and Spring semester - B) per subject area.
    • Students may take up to two exams during each testing day.
    • A student in grades 9-12 will be given credit for an academic course if the student scores80% or above on each exam taken. Scores are not averaged.
    • If credit is awarded, the score earned on each exam will be recorded on the student’s transcript and calculated into the GPA. 
    • A student may attempt each exam a maximum of 2 times.

     

     

    To Register for Exams for Acceleration - Click Here

    **Note: Students need to fill out the registration form for each subject area exam to be taken. Example: Math, Science, English, Social Studies**

  • Payment 

    While there is no charge to parents when students take an EA, there is a cost to the district for both the test and the proctor who monitors the exam as it is given. Therefore, please carefully consider availability during the testing window before completing the application and gather input from educators and/or counselors to determine whether or not acceleration is in the best interest of the student. Students who register for an examination and do not take the exam may be required to pay for the cost of procuring the examination, including charges for shipping and handling.