Kindergarten Acceleration Information
Qualifications for TestingThe Texas Education Agency mandates that school districts establish their own process for grade level acceleration. The Kindergarten Acceleration Program for Plano ISD tests students wishing to skip Kindergarten and be placed directly into first-grade. In order to qualify for Kindergarten Acceleration, the student must meet these qualifications:
- The student must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2017.
- The student must be registered for Kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year in the Plano Independent School District.
If both of these qualifications are met, then a parent/guardian may request that his/her child test for placement in first-grade. To determine whether testing and possible placement in first-grade are the best options, parents, students and staff 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
Plano ISD strongly encourages all learners to participate in Kindergarten due to the social, developmental, emotional and academic benefits this grade level provides.
About the Test
In order to advance to first-grade, the student must score 90% or above on the district approved assessments in Reading, Writing and Math. These assessments measure cognitive development and academic skills that are appropriate for students completing Kindergarten.
Test content is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Kindergarten students. Kindergarten Math Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills
For Math and Reading, students are tested on the computer using Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) software. Writing is assessed through a series of one to one activities which require the students to demonstrate an understanding of the writing process.
MAP Tutorial Video: https://nwea.adobeconnect.com/_a203290506/mpgwarmup_cs/ - Please use Internet Explorer of FireFox.
Results and Acceleration
Results will be sent to the principal of the school where the student is registered. The principal will contact you directly regarding your student’s test scores. The Credit by Exam office will not give out any information regarding the results of Kindergarten Acceleration testing.
If your child is recommended for acceleration, it will be on a probationary basis. Should the school or teacher feel it is in the best interest of the child to be placed back into Kindergarten you will be contacted.
Application Deadlines and Locations
Elementary Acceleration Resources
Kindergarten to second-grade (Accelerate out of first-grade)
• First-grade: TEKS | Additional Resources
First to third-grade (Accelerate out of second-grade)
• Second-grade: TEKS | Additional Resources
Second to fourth-grade (Accelerate out of third-grade)
• Third-grade: TEKS | Additional Resources
Third to fifth-grade (Accelerate out of fourth-grade)
• Fourth-grade: TEKS | Additional Resources
Fourth-grade to sixth-grade (Accelerate out of fifth-grade)
• Fifth-grade: TEKS | Additional Resources
Contact Credit by Exam For additional information, please call Brandi Dahlquist at (469) 752-8703.
|Application Deadline||Test Dates||Test Location||Information|
|Monday, August 21, 2017||August 21 - September 8, 2017||Home Campus||The student must be five years of age on or before SEPTEMBER 1, 2017.|
|Friday, May 25, 2018||June 18, 19, 20, 2018||TBA||The student must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2018. The student MUST be registered for Kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year in the Plano Independent School District.|