Department Links and Responsibilites
Forney ISD Credit by Examination
Forney Independent School District has grade acceleration testing during district acceleration windows, as provided by 19 TAC 74.24 and Texas Education Code 28.032. The purpose of credit by exam is to allow a student to accelerate in grades K-5 and earn credit without prior instruction in grades 6-12 free of charge. FISD utilizes Texas Tech University K-12 tests. Students may also test to recover credit for a particular course or grade with prior formal instruction for the cost of each exam to be incurred by the parent.
Credit by Exam (CBE) - Utilized to earn credit for a course, when a student has had prior instruction, and under the following conditions:
- The student is enrolling in the District from a nonaccredited school;
- The student has failed a subject or course; or
- The student has earned a passing grade in a subject or course but has failed to earn credit because of excessive absences
Students must demonstrate mastery of 80% or higher on a CBE to earn credit. For students currently enrolled in FISD, the first condition does not apply and they would have to follow the Exam for Acceleration criteria.
Exam for Acceleration (EA) - Provides an opportunity to earn grade level or course credit in which no prior formal instruction was completed. The EA is designed for a very small percentage of learners who have both the academic and emotional needs to advance a course. Exam for Acceleration is 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 an EA to earn credit.
The only students that should take an EA for acceleration are those who display an extremely advanced level of understanding of the learning objectives assessed on the EA which will be the grade level/course above the grade level/course in which your child is currently enrolled.
Prepare for the Examination
Review sheets for the EA/CBE's are available at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/k12/current-students/forms/cbe-review-sheets/
For your convenience, we have supplied the links to the specific tests by grade level and subject. The EA/CBE consists of 50-100 multiple-choice questions that are equally weighted. The exam may consist of multiple-choice and true-false questions. The review sheets will also contain a detailed list of items you must bring to the examination. EA/CBE review sheets are not comprehensive and do not cover all the material in the tests. We recommend that you download and/or simply view the review sheets prior to signing your student up for an EA/CBE to see if he/she is prepared for the rigor and the time that is involved in preparing to take Exam for Acceleration (EA) or Credit by Examination (CBE).
Testing Dates and Deadlines
Please reach out to your student's counselor to apply.