Credit by Exam with No Prior Instruction
A student will be permitted to take an exam to earn credit for an academic course or subject area for which the student has had no prior instruction, i.e., for advancement, or to accelerate to the next grade level. The exams offered by the district are approved by the district’s Board of Trustees. State law requires the use of certain exams, such as College Board Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) when applicable.
A student in Grade 6 or above will earn course credit with a passing score of at least 80 on the exam, a scaled score of 50 or higher on an exam administered through the CLEP, or a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam, as applicable. A student may take an exam to earn course credit no more than twice. If a student fails to achieve the designated score on the applicable exam before the beginning of the school year in which the student would need to enroll in the course according to the school’s high school course sequence, the student must complete the course.
A student in elementary school will be eligible to accelerate to the next grade level if the student scores at least 80 on each exam in the subject areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies; a district administrator recommends that the student be accelerated; and the student’s parent gives written approval of the grade advancement.
If a student plans to take an exam, the student (or parent) must register with the school counselor no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled testing date. The only exceptions to the published dates will be for any exams administered by another entity besides the district. In this case, a student and the district must comply with the testing schedule of the other entity. During each testing window provided by the district, a student may attempt a specific exam onlyl once. For further information see policy EHCD(LOCAL).]
Testing dates for the 2016/17 school year are:
Kindergarten through grade 8:
| Registration Deadline
| Testing Dates
| April 18, 2017
| May 17-19, 2016
| July 14, 2016
| August 1-3, 2016
| April 17, 2017
| May 16-18, 2017
Credit by Exam with Prior Instruction
Credit by exam is also offered to students who attempted a course or subject and did not pass, or to determine appropriate placement for students transferring from home school or non-accredited schools. The student is required to score at least a 70 on such a test to demonstrate subject mastery. A student who has had sufficient prior formal instruction as determined by the District on the basis of a review of the student’s educational records and who has failed a course with a grade of no less than 60 may gain credit for the course by passing a proficiency examination on the essential knowledge and skills of the course. Exams are offered through Dripping Springs ISD, Texas Tech University, and/or the University of Texas based on fees established by the testing entity. The student or his/her parents are responsible for all costs and fees associated with each credit by exam. The attendance committee may allow a student with excessive absences to receive credit for a course by passing an examination. A student may not use credit by exam to regain eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities. Scores must be received at the appropriate campus two weeks prior to the first day of school in order to prepare student schedules.