Credit-by-Examination (Board Approved Criterion-Referenced Test)
Examinations shall assess a student’s mastery of the essential knowledge and skills and shall be administered according to established district procedures. Students should contact their school counselor to apply for CBEs. Prior to offering a student the opportunity to earn credit by this method, the campus shall review the student’s educational records to determine if the student has had prior instruction in the subject or course.
Campuses are required to give the student and parent the following:
- CBE Subject/Course Review Sheet ( depts.ttu.edu/ttuisd/cbe_review_sheets.php )
- ECISD Credit by Examination Application Form
A student may not attempt to earn credit by examination for a specific high school course more than two times. If a student fails to earn credit by examination for a specific high school course before the beginning of the school year in which the student would ordinarily be required to enroll in that course, the student must satisfactorily complete the course to receive credit.
CBE without Prior Instruction
Students may take an examination for a course in which they have had no formal instruction. A grade of 80 or above on the examination shall be the passing standard.
Students in grades K - 8 will initially be tested in math and language arts. A student who does not score 80% on both tests shall not continue testing. A student who scores 80% on both tests shall then be tested in science and social studies.
If a student is given high school credit in a subject on the basis of an examination on which the student scored 80% or higher, the campus shall enter the examination score on the student’s transcript.
CBE with Prior Instruction
The principal or attendance committee shall have authority to offer a student the opportunity to demonstrate mastery in a subject or to earn course credit by examination when the student has had prior instruction in a subject and when:
- The student is enrolling in the district from a non-accredited school;
- The student has failed a subject or course with a grade of at least 60; or
- The student has earned a passing grade in a subject or course, but has failed to earn credit due to excessive absences.
A grade of 70 or above on the examination shall be the passing standard. Students who pass the examination with a grade of 70 or above may average that grade with the grade from the appropriate corresponding semester. If that averaged grade is 70 or above, the student may receive the full credit for that course. To be eligible for grade averaging, credit by examination must be completed within the academic school year or summer school following that school year. Under no circumstances shall credit by examination be used to gain eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities.
CBE for Corresponding STAAR End-of-Course Assessments
If a student uses CBE to gain credit for a course in which he or she has had some prior instruction, the student is required to pass the corresponding STAAR EOC assessment to fulfill graduation requirements.