CBE for Acceleration

  • Exam for Acceleration (EA)
    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).

    For all grade levels (K-12), an application must be submitted and a conference must occur prior to the deadline for submitting the application. The parent/guardian will need to contact the school counselor or campus principal to schedule a conference and to complete an application. 
    Springtown ISD shall not charge for exams for acceleration if taken during these posted dates. If a parent/guardian requests for his/her child to test at times other than these posted dates, the parent/guardian is responsible for purchasing the exams.

    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. In order to qualify for Kindergarten Acceleration, the student must meet these qualifications:  

    • Children must be 5 years old by September 1; and
    • Have completed registration for enrollment in Springtown ISD for the 2021-2022 school year 

    To determine whether testing and possible placement into first grade are the best options, parents and school personnel should consider the following:                              

    • Academic rigor of first grade
    • Social and emotional impact
    • Effect of skipping a grade level on the student’s overall educational experience

    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.

    Results and Acceleration 

    In order to advance to first grade, the student must meet the following criteria:

    1. Have a written recommendation from the kindergarten or preschool the student has attended;
    2. Score 80% or above on the kindergarten credit-by exam examinations developed by Texas Tech University in each of the following subject areas: language arts, math, science, and social studies;
    3. Have school recommendation that the student be accelerated; and,
    4. Have written parent or guardian approval.

    Once results have been received, the principal and/or counselor will contact the parent directly regarding the student’s test scores.

    If the student begins to struggle (after meeting the above criteria and being accelerated into first grade), a team consisting of the principal, teacher, and parent/guardian will be assembled to determine the best placement for the student. 


    Elementary School Grade Level Acceleration 

    Students in grades 1 through 5 may be accelerated one grade level if they meet the following requirements:

    1. Are currently enrolled in Springtown ISD;
    2. Are 6 years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year (Grade 1);
    3. Have had no prior instruction in the grade-level subject areas of language arts, math, science, and social studies;
    4. Score 80% or above on credit-by-exam examinations developed by Texas Tech University for the grade level to be skipped in each of the following subject areas: language arts, math, science, and social studies;
    5. Have school recommendation that the student be accelerated; and,
    6. Have written parent or guardian approval.




    The 2020-2021 Credit by Exam Dates

    Application Deadline

    Test Dates

    September 18, 2020

    October 19-23, 2020

    January 22, 2021

    February 22-26, 2021

    May 7, 2021

    June 7-11, 2021

    June 11, 2021

    July 12-16, 2021


    Please see the following Administrative Guidelines for more detailed information: