• Elementary Grades 1- 5 Credit by Exam for Acceleration/Advancement 

  • Qualifications for Testing

    Testing is for students in grades Kindergarten through fourth who wish to skip a grade is addressed in Board Policy EHDC (Legal), under the heading of Credit by Examination for Advancement.

    Testing sessions are offered in August, December, January, and April/May for students already enrolled in PISD.

    Students may take a Credit by Exam for acceleration purposes during any of the four testing periods. However, the following restrictions apply:

    • Placement in a new grade will only occur at the start of a school year regardless of when a CBE acceleration is taken.
    • Students may only attempt acceleration two times for the same grade/subject

    Score reports will be sent to the counselor and principal after the test session and the scoring is completed. No information on results may be released by phone or email because of privacy laws.

    About the Grades 1-5 Acceleration/Advancement Test

    Students seeking grade-level acceleration/advancement must achieve an 80% or higher on each of the criterion-referenced tests in the following subjects for the grade level they want to skip: 

    • Science
    • Mathematics
    • Social Studies
    • Language Arts.

    Grades 1-5 Acceleration/Advancement tests are administered in four sessions (am/pm) over multiple days.

    • Students will take the Science test first, then the Math test, followed by the Social Studies test, and last is the Language Arts test.  
      • Test Formats vary in the number of items, however all tests contain Multiple Choice and Open Response/Essay items. 
    • If the student is successful with the test (passing = 80% or higher), the student will be administered the next test in the sequence.  
    • If the student is not successful with the test, the grade acceleration process ends, and the student is not eligible to accelerate.

    NOTE - Students who qualify for Math Rocks, may still take the CBE exam, however, if the CBE exam is passed the student is no longer eligible for Math Rocks. 

    Accelerate Out of
    First Grade

    Accelerate Out of
    Second Grade

    Accelerate Out of 
    Third Grade

    Accelerate Out of
    Fourth Grade 

    Accelerate Out of
    Fifth Grade 


    Results and Acceleration/Advancement

    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 Grades 1-5 Acceleration/Advancement testing.

    Application Deadline Information  

    Applications must be obtained from the elementary school counselor. The application must be returned to the counselor who will sign the form and send it to the Credit by Exam Office. The deadlines for the application to be in the Credit by Exam Office are listed on the Test Calendar. 

    • All applications must be received by 3:00 p.m. on the Deadline Date.
    • The counselor will notify you of the specific testing date.  
    • See dates below.

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