• Credit by Exam

  • Fall 2021 Testing Windows for Plano ISD Credit by Exams

    Registered students may complete their online test at their convenience during the following dates:

    • Fall CBE window is October 22 - November 1, 2021
    • Students must complete and submit online tests prior to the deadline, November 1, 2021.
    • Languages Other Than English (LOTE) students will select a specific date & time to take their test using the link provided in their confirmation information.
       

    Plano ISD students will be taking their Credit by Exam (CBE) tests using an online platform that allows students to test remotely from home with a computer/electronic device that has a microphone and webcam. The test will be administered through a CBE program, and monitored using a secure data monitoring system called Proctorio. Proctorio locks the browser to ensure that students can only access material directly associated with the assessment. Locking the browser is necessary to a secure testing experience for each student.

    Students will need one of the following devices to test at-home:

    • Desktop, Laptop, Mac, or Chromebook with a webcam and microphone (Chrome Browser needed on these devices)


    Students enrolled in CBE will receive a confirmation letter via PISD Mobile App outlining the instructions for accessing their online exam two weeks prior to testing.

  • What is Credit By Exam? 

    Credit by Exam provides a way for students to receive credit and advance. Students must be registered in a Plano ISD school and attending, if school is in session, in order to be eligible to test.

    Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade may test to move ahead one grade level. High school students may earn credit in a course that they have not taken or under certain circumstances may earn credit for a course which they took but for which they did not receive credit. We invite you to visit the links below for more specific information on dates, courses and testing.

    This website is updated periodically as new information is available. Refer back periodically for changes to the calendar and course requirements. To register for testing, the student needs to obtain testing application(s) from his/her school counselor. For general questions about Credit by Exam, please contact the Credit by Exam Office.

    For specific information about acceleration and Credit by Exam, please select the grade level link to the right that applies to your student.

  • Testing Guidelines for Credit by Exam

    Students may take a Credit by Exam for acceleration and/or credit recovery purposes during four testing periods.

    However, the following restrictions apply:

    • Applications must be submitted to your counselor on the date of the application deadline.

    • Students must complete & earn credit for all prerequisite courses before attempting the next course in the sequence.

    • Students may only attempt acceleration two times for the same course.

    • Placement in a new course will only occur at the start of a school year (or semester for semester courses) regardless of when a CBE for acceleration is taken.

    • There is no guarantee that the next course in the sequence will be available at either the home campus or another campus and if a course is available on another campus, district transportation will not be provided.

  • Guidelines for Prior Instruction

    These guidelines apply for Credit with No Prior Instruction

    • Application for Credit by Examination must be completed with a campus counselor.
    • The parent or guardian gives written approval by signing the application.
    • The student scores 80% or above on the Credit by Exam assessment administered. 

    These guidelines apply for Credit with Prior Instruction (or Credit Recovery)

    To participate in the Credit by Exam with prior instruction, the student must have been enrolled in a formal course as evidenced by:

    • A transcript from an accredited institution 
    • A transcript from a non‐accredited institution 
      • Other documentation that establishes evidence of a formal course
      • A syllabus listing daily assignments
      • An explanation of the time parameters of the course
      • Documentation of the student’s performance throughout the course
      • Documentation of alignments to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
    • The student scores 70% or above on the Credit by Exam assessment administered.  

  • How to Apply for a Credit by Exam

    All Credit by Exam applications must be made through the school counselor.  

    STEP 1 → Parent/Guardian completes paper CBE application and submits it to the school counselor by the deadline.

    STEP 2 → Campus initiates CBE application request. 

    STEP 3 → Parent receives (email) from forms@pisd.edu confirming application submittal.

    STEP 4 → Counselor approves and submits CBE application.

    STEP 5 → Electronic confirmation letter posted to Plano ISD Mobile APP with CBE testing information.

    • Credit by Exam applications may be accepted any time during the year, but must meet the application deadlines established for each testing session. CBE Deadlines are listed below.  

    • Students who apply for Credit By Examination are strongly encouraged to begin preparing for the exams as soon as possible.

    • Students need to apply for Credit By Examination as soon as they are aware of the need or desire to test because they may need to know the results in time to make other plans to earn the credit if they are not successful on the Credit By Exam. 

    • Students who are new to Plano ISD may test over the summer prior to starting their first year in PISD.
      • They must first register at their new school and be assigned a PISD ID number.
      • Students who are new to PISD and test during the summer will not receive score reports until the school year has begun and the student is attending a PISD school.

    • All District or Vendor developed tests are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). 

  • Credit & Scores Earned Through Credit by Exam

    In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), NO results will be released over the phone or via email.

    • Parents and students may access scores via the PISD Mobile App.

    • Score reports will be sent to the school counselor and school registrar.

    • No grade points are awarded for grades earned through Credit by Exam. Only course credit can be earned.

    • Units of credit and grades earned through Credit by Exam shall be recorded on the permanent academic record for grades 6‐12, but will not be included in the calculations of GPA or rank‐in‐class.
      • Scores below the required minimum for credit will not be posted.

    • Students are not allowed to forfeit the Credit by Exam credit.
      • Once the credit is earned, students cannot sit in the course for any reason, including for local credit or because of low performance in the subsequent course.

    • There is no testing for Honors, AP or IB designated courses.

    • Scoring takes 4 to 6 weeks.

  • FAQ for Credit By Exam

    Frequently Asked Questions for Credit by Exam (CBE)

    1.  When can a student test for CBE?

    Students in grades 1-12 may take CBE exams four times per year. Testing administrations are listed on the website and are separated by grade level. Kindergarten students may take CBE exams two times per year. *See counselor to determine which administration the student is eligible.

    2.  Can a student take the CBE exam more than once?

    Yes. Students may only attempt acceleration two times for the same course/grade level.

    3.  Can a student attempt the course next in sequence before completing the prerequisite course?

    No, students must complete and earn credit for all prerequisite courses before attempting Credit by Exam for the next course in the sequence.

    4.  What determines whether a student has prior instruction for a CBE exam?

    *Only the students’ guidance counselor will make prior instruction determinations.*

    To participate in the Credit by Exam with prior instruction, the student must have been enrolled in a formal course as evidenced by: 

    1. A transcript from an accredited or non-accredited institution or
    2. Other documentation that establishes evidence of a formal course
      1. A syllabus listing daily assignments
      2. An explanation of the time parameters of the course
      3. Documentation of the student’s performance throughout the course
      4. Documentation of alignments to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

    5.  Do CBE exam grades get recorded on the transcript?

    If a student passes the CBE exam and is awarded credit, the score will be reported on the transcript. Scores will not be recorded on the transcript if a student does not pass the CBE exam and is not awarded credit.

    6.  Do CBE exams get included in the students’ GPA?

    No.

    7.  Is there a CBE exam for EOC courses?

    Yes. Students are able to take a CBE for Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II and US History.

    8.  If a student takes the CBE mid-year when can he/she be placed in the next course/grade level?

    Placement in a new course/grade level will only occur at the start of a school year (or semester for semester courses) regardless of when a CBE for acceleration is taken.

    9.  Will students taking the Middle School or High School tests be notified prior to testing?

    Yes. Students will receive a confirmation letter via the PISD Mobile App two-three weeks prior to testing with exam information.

    10.  When will CBE results be available?

    Students will receive CBE score reports via the PISD Mobile App approximately three-five weeks after testing. Each campus will receive the score reports (via email) sent to the Lead Counselor and Registrar.

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    If you have any additional questions, please email the Credit by Exam office at CBE@pisd.edu