**Frequently Asked Questions**

**1. What are credit by exams?**

Credit by exams are elective tests taken for the purpose of skipping an elementary grade level or secondary course. The campus counselor is the best person to provide guidance on whether credit by exam is a good option a student.

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**2. Who creates and grades credit by exams?**

- Texas Tech University ISD writes and scores the exams for grades 1-12.
- Students testing out of Kindergarten take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and are evaluated with CSISD's early reading assessments and an Informal Observation Checklist. These instruments are scored locally.

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**. What credit by exams are available?**

__Entire Grade Level:__• Kindergarten (See question #10 for details.)

• Grades 1-8 - English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies

__Single Subjects Grades 5-12:____(A&B denote first and second semester tests and each require a 3-hour test session. On the online application, you will indicate specifically which semesters you need for high school courses. Subjects without A&B require one 3-hour test session.)__

**Please Note: Advancement may require that families provide their own transportation to a middle school or high school if the course is not offered at the home campus. In these cases, elective course options may also be affected. Please discuss this with your campus counselor.**

• Grade 5 Math (exam to test out of grade 5 math in order to take 6th grade advanced math)

• Grade 6 Math A&B (Students desiring to test out of 6th grade advanced math to be enrolled in 7th advanced math must take Math 6A, Math 6B, and Math 7A.)

• Grade 6 English Language Arts and Reading A&B

• Grade 6 Science A&B

• Grade 6 Social Studies A&B

• Grade 7 Math A&B (Students desiring to test out of 7th advanced math to be enrolled in Algebra I Pre-AP must take Math 7B, Math 8A, and Math 8B.)

• Grade 7 English Language Arts and Reading A&B

• Grade 7 Science A&B

• Grade 7 Social Studies A&B

• Grade 8 Math A&B

• Grade 8 English Language Arts and Reading A&B

• Grade 8 Science A&B

• Grade 8 Social Studies A&B

• Grade 8 Science A&B

• Communication Applications (Speech)

• English III A&B

• English IV A&B

• Algebra II A&B

• Geometry A&B

• Pre-Calculus A&B

• Chemistry A&B

• Physics A&B

• Economics

• U.S. Government

• World Geography A&B

• World History A&B

• Foundations of Personal Fitness

• Physical Education - Individual Sports (Bowling and Tennis)

• French 1 A&B

• French 2 A&B

• German 1 A&B

• German 2 A&B

• Latin 1 A&B

• Latin 2 A&B

• Spanish 1 A&B

• Spanish 2 A&B

• Spanish 3 A&B

• Art 1A

• Art 1B

**Credit by exams for Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and U.S. History are not available.**

Contact Becky Burghardt if your child has a need for a test that is not on this list.

Phone: 979-764-7401

Email: bburghardt@csisd.org

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**4. When are credit by exams given?**

The majority of credit by exams are given in May, June, and July. Online registration for these exams will open in March. If you are not available during these dates, please contact our office to arrange for an alternate date. Note: August testing is discouraged since scores may not be received prior to the beginning of the school year.

- May 2017 -
**NOTE:**Testing in May is forfor intermediate and middle school students to be scheduled by the campus counselors. This testing will be given during the school day during the last two weeks of school.**Math 5 CBE plus limited math testing** - June 5-9, 2017 - 2 sessions daily - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- July 17-21, 2017 - 2 sessions daily - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Testing is also available during the school year and is scheduled individually. High school students who desire to take a credit by exam during the school year should contact their campus counselor. Students in grades K-8 needing testing during the school year should contact Becky Burghardt, Director for Assessment, at (979)764-5401 or bburghardt@csisd.org.

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**5. Where are credit by exams given?**

Test sessions will be held in the College Station ISD Administrative Building at 1812 Welsh Street

**at a campus. Please read your email notifications carefully as they will tell you the location of the exam(s) for your child.**

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**6. How do I register for a credit by exam?**

Online registration forms for the summer credit by exam sessions will become available on this website in February. There are separate registration forms for Kindergarten, Elementary (students entering grades 1 - 4), and Secondary (students entering grades 5 - 12).

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**7. What are the deadlines for submitting the registration form for the May, June, and July?**

Tests for grades 1-12 are ordered in bulk from Texas Tech University ISD or University so registration deadlines are necessary to allow us to compile, submit, and receive the test orders. The registration deadlines for May and summer testing are:

- April 7, 2017 for May testing
- May 1, 2017 for June testing
- May 1, 2017 for July testing

Kindergarten Deadlines

- May 12, 2017 for June testing
- June 9, 2017 for July testing

**8. What do I do if I miss the registration deadline?**

Contact Becky Burghardt (bburghardt@csisd.org) or Jeanne Kolbe (jkolbe@csisd.org) to be placed on a waiting list. The office number is (979)764-5401. We will notify you when we learn of a cancellation.

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**9. How will I know what date and time my child is testing?**

Following registration, parents will be notified via email at least two weeks prior to testing of the dates and times of the exam(s). Please ensure that the email address you enter on the application is correct.

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**10. What score is required to test out of Kindergarten?**

Students who will be 5 years old on or before September 1 who wish to skip Kindergarten and be enrolled in first grade must:

- score in the top 10 percent nationally on all sections of the *Iowa Test of Basic Skills,
- score at or above the kindergarten end-of year expectations on CSISD's early reading assessments,
**AND** - rate “acceptable” on the College Station ISD Informal Observation Instrument for Beginning Grade 1 Students. This instrument measures maturity and readiness for first-grade.

**Kindergarten testing typically requires 4 half-days.**

*The Iowa Test of Basic Skills assesses the following areas:

- Vocabulary
- Word Analysis
- Listening
- Language
- Mathematics
- Reading : Words, Pictures, Word Attack, Sentences, Story

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**11. What scores are required to test out of grade levels or courses in grades 1-12?**

__Grades 1-5 Entire Grade Level__

Students entering grades 1-4 may advance an entire grade level if they score

**80%**

**or above**on the credit by exam tests in

**ALL**of the following areas for the grade level they want to skip. Each subject is single test.

• English Language Arts

• Mathematics

• Science

• Social Studies

__Grades 5-8 Mathematics__

Students entering grades 5-8 may receive credit for a mathematics course in which they have received no prior instruction if they score

**80% or above**on the credit by exam(s) for that course. ( Grade 5 is a single test. There are two tests for each of grades 6, 7, and 8 and these are

**averaged**.)

*Note: Credit by exam testing is not necessary for taking calculus as a senior. See question 20 for the sequence of math courses leading to calculus.*

__Grades 6-12 Single Subjects__

Students entering grades 8-12 may take credit by exams for subjects in which they have received no prior instruction. A score of

**80% or above**is required. A list of credit by exams for eligible courses can be found at https://www.depts.ttu.edu/uc/ec2k/Heading.asp?heading_id=222 .

**Note:**Credit by exams for

__for__

**acceleration****Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and U.S. History**

__yet available. These tests are in the list of available credit by exams but are for__

**are not**__.__

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**12. Can students younger than 5 years old take a credit by exam?**

Students must be 5 years old by September 1, 2017 to be eligible to take a credit by exam.

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**13. Is there a charge for taking a credit by exam?**

The district pays for the costs of credit by exam testing for students

**enrolled in College Station ISD**.

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**14. Will I need to bring supplies to the testing session?**

All materials are provided for students who take exams during the district testing sessions.

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**15. How many test sessions are required for each grade level or course?**

__Kindergarten__

o Testing for Kindergarten typically requires four test sessions. The sessions include the administration of the individual Iowa Test of Basic Skills tests, administration of reading assessments, and time for the proctor to observe the student in informal class settings with other children. The sessions are usually scheduled on four separate days to better meet the needs of young children.

__Full Grade Level, Grades 1-5__

Testing for elementary grade levels requires four 3-hour test sessions, one for each of the subjects listed below.

o English Language Arts and Reading (1 exam)

o Mathematics (1 exam)

o Science (1 exam)

o Social Studies (1 exam)

__Full Grade Level, Grades 6-8__

Testing for all of 6th, 7th, or 8th grade requires

**eight 3-hour**test sessions.

o English Language Arts (2 exams)

o History (2 exams)

o Mathematics (2 exams)

o Science (2 exams)

__Mathematics, Grades 5-8__

o Grade 5 mathematics is one exam so requires

**one 3-hour**test session.

o Grades 6-8 mathematics requires

**two 3-hour**test sessions per grade level.

__Single Subject Grades 8-12__

o Testing for most subjects requires

**two 3-hour**test sessions since the subjects have a first semester and second semester exam. For single semester courses, there is only

**one 3-hour**test.

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**16. How long does it take to get the credit by exam results back?**

This is variable depending on the Texas Tech University ISD’s scoring load. It can take 3 to 7 weeks for official scores to be returned. Copies of these results are then emailed to the parent's email address listed on the application and also sent to the campus the student will be attending.

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**17. Are review materials available for credit by exams?**

Texas Tech University ISD provides credit by exam information and study materials for grades 1 -12:

http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ttuisd/cbe_review_sheets.php

You may also directly access the state curriculum standards for each course under Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills by Chapter at the following website:

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/curriculum/teks/.

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**18. How are high school credit by exam scores recorded on the student’s transcript?**

Credit by exam scores are entered on the transcript but

__are not included in Grade Point Average (GPA)__calculations.

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**19. Will I have to provide transportation for my child to take a higher level course if that course is on another campus?**

Families are responsible for transportation if the course is only offered at another campus.

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**20. Can a student take calculus in high school without taking a math credit by exam?**

Students can take calculus their senior year of high school without taking a math credit by exam. If a student takes 6th grade advanced mathematics, he/she is on track to take calculus during the senior year without taking credit by exams. The chart below shows the most frequently taken math course progression that leads to calculus in grade 12. (Also note: Students who do not take advanced math courses in grades 6 and 7 may take geometry and Algebra II concurrently in high school to be able to take calculus in grade 12.)

__Grade Level__

__Math Course__

Grade 6 6th grade Advanced Math (covers all of 6th and half of 7th grade math requirements)

Grade 7 7th grade Advanced Math (covers the remaining 7th and all 8th grade math requirements)

Grade 8 Algebra I or Algebra I Pre-AP

Grade 9 Geometry or Geometry Pre-AP

Grade 10 Algebra II or Algebra II Pre-AP

Grade 11 Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus Pre-AP

Grade 12 AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC

(AP Statistics is also offered and is often taken during the same year as Pre-Calculus.)

**Math Flow Charts for Intermediate, Middle, and High School Math Courses**

Intermediate and Middle School Math Sequence Flowchart

High School Math Sequence Flowchart

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**21. Will my child “run out” of math courses to take in high school if he/she advances via credit by exams?**

Beginning in the 2016 fall semester, students who have completed AP Calculus BC and have scored either a 4 or 5 on the AP exam will have the opportunity to take Calculus 3 and Linear Algebra though Blinn College. This course will be taught at College Station High School for qualifying CSHS and AMCHS students. Please talk to your high school counselor about how to register and the costs associated with these courses.

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**22. What are the most commonly given credit by exams in College Station ISD?**

The most commonly given credit by exams in College Station ISD are for grades 5-8 mathematics.

Note: Credit by exam testing is not necessary for taking calculus as a senior. See question 20 for the sequence of math courses leading to calculus.

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**23. If my child is enrolled in a course above his/her grade level, what STAAR test is taken?**

Students are required to take the STAAR test that matches the level of instruction. For example, if a student is in grade 5 and is enrolled in grade 6 advanced math, the student will take the grade 6 STAAR mathematics test and the grade 5 reading and science STAAR tests.

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**24. My child has already skipped a grade level of math through credit by exam. Does s/he need to take another credit by exam to continue the accelerated path?**

A student

__does not__need to take additional credit by exams to continue on the accelerated path unless s/he desires to test out of a higher level course. For example, if your child tested out of 5th grade math and is currently enrolled in advanced 6th grade math, no additional testing is needed to take 7th grade advanced math next year. If your child is a 5th grader in 6th grade advanced math but wants to skip 7th grade advanced math, then additional credit by exams would be necessary. The flowcharts below show which credit by exams are required for specific courses.

**Math Flow Charts for Intermediate, Middle, and High School Math Courses**

Intermediate and Middle School Math Sequence Flowchart

High School Math Sequence Flowchart

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**25. Are students permitted to retest if they do not pass a credit by exam?**

Texas Administrative Code states that students may take a specific examination only once during each testing window. (See testing windows below.) If a student retests during a later window, the costs of the test(s) and proctoring are not covered by the district. Exams for retesting must be ordered from University of Texas High School since Texas Tech University ISD (the vendor we use) does not have alternative versions of their tests. Information for how to order tests from University of Texas High School can be found at this link: https://highschool.utexas.edu/credit_by_exam

Testing Windows:

Districts must provide a credit by exam testing opportunity within each of these periods of time:

__April__

__1 - June 30__- CSISD tests in May for intermediate and middle school math and during the week of June 5-9.

__July__

__1 -__

__September__

__30__- CSISD tests during the week of July 17-21.

__October__

__1 – December 31__and

__January 1 - March 31__- CSISD schedules individually based on need during these windows.

For additional information contact Becky Burghardt, Director for Assessment.

Email: bburghardt@csisd.org

Phone: (979)764-5401

Email: bburghardt@csisd.org

Phone: (979)764-5401