• Kindergarten Acceleration
    (To “skip” kindergarten)

    Generally, children are best placed at a grade level with students of their own age. However, some students of kindergarten age may already have mastered the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for kindergarten and, for this reason, are ready to go on to first grade. Students who show mastery on kindergarten reading, writing, and math exams  and show developmental readiness may be considered for acceleration to first grade. 

    When recommending acceleration, consideration is given to students who can clearly function at an above average level academically AND meet the social, emotional and behavioral demands of first grade as well. Please carefully review the "Is My Child Ready for First Grade in FISD?" (coming soon) to determine if your child meets the minimum criteria for entering first grade prior to submitting a request for your child to skip kindergarten in FISD.

    About the Exam

    The Kindergarten Acceleration program test is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Kindergarten students. This test is taken on the computer using the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) software. Reading, Writing, and Math. 

    Eligibility to Test

    Requirements to be met for a student to be eligible to register:

    1. The student must be 5 years of age on or before September 1 of the upcoming school year 
      (Forney ISD does not have a policy to allow for early entrance into kindergarten for students who do not meet the age requirement)
    2. The student must be registered for Kindergarten for the upcoming school year in an FISD school. Information about Student Registration for Kindergarten will be on the District’s website under the Parent Tab > Kindergarten Roundup
    3. The application for kindergarten acceleration must be obtained from the campus counselor and completed/submitted on or before the deadline at 3pm. Responses will be sent to the campus counselor and the district testing department. 

    Requirements to Advance

    Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) test

    • The student must score at or above the 80th percentile on the kindergarten EOY (end of the year) Norms for NWEA/MAP Growth Assessment in reading, math, and language usage (writing).  
    • The student must score at least a:
      • 163 RIT score on Reading 
      • 167 RIT score on Math
      • 202 RIT score for Language Usage (Writing) 


    • Students may familiarize themselves with the test layout and question presentation by taking the MAP practice test using Google Chrome.  This practice test does not include the content of the exam. Please note that student testing must know how to use a mouse, as this test may not be available on a touch-screen device. 

    To login to the MAP Practice Test (click here)

    Username: grow

    Password: grow

    Important dates for kindergarten acceleration and testing

    Kinder accel

    (*) Student may be recommended by kindergarten teacher or at parent request for acceleration testing 

    (**) Student may be recommended by PK teacher(s) or Parent/Guardian for acceleration testing

    Score Reporting and Acceleration

    • The campus will contact you directly regarding your student’s test results and recommendations will be discussed. The testing office will not give out any information regarding the results of kindergarten acceleration testing. 
    • If the student does not meet the required minimum score on any test, the grade acceleration process ends, and the student is not eligible for acceleration.
    • Appeal of the testing results will not be available. 
    • If a student meets requirements to accelerate to first grade, they will be accelerated on a probationary basis. Should  the school or teacher feel it is in the best interest of the child to be placed back in Kindergarten you will be contacted. 
    • If you do not want your student to accelerate, or you are unsure if you want him/her to accelerate, your child should not take an exam for acceleration. 
    • Forney ISD does not accept another district’s kindergarten acceleration testing. A student who enrolls in Forney ISD must meet FISD expectations if deadlines have not passed. 


    Exam for Acceleration (EA) - There is no charge for kindergarten acceleration testing. 


    Kindergarten acceleration FAQ - COMING SOON

    Kindergarten acceleration flow chart