Spanish 1 and 2 - Exam for Course Acceleration (no prior instruction)
About the Exam
Students in high school are allowed the opportunity to earn credit for individual courses with no prior instruction. This exam for acceleration (EA) is designed for a small percentage of learners who have both the academic and linguistic ability to advance a course. The EA’s purpose is not to inform parents about a student’s academic performance or progress. An EA will not provide information regarding objectives or skills missed. Knowing a score or how many questions a student missed does not help in guiding instruction. Forney ISD assesses students throughout the year with a variety of formative and summative assessments that provide parents with information regarding how a student is performing academically.
If an Exam for Acceleration is passed, your child will be accelerated to the next course in the sequence. If you do not want your student to accelerate or are not sure you want him/her to accelerate, your child should not take an EA.
Students must demonstrate mastery of 80% or higher on the exam for both semesters in order to earn credit for a course in order to accelerate to the next course in the sequence.
Eligibility to Test
- Forney ISD students are only eligible to apply for exams for acceleration of a course for which all prerequisites have been met and in the order of the district's usual course sequence
- Students may not take an exam for acceleration for a course in which they are currently participating.
- For Spanish 1 or 2, the student must participate in the district screener and earn an 80% or better in order to be eligible to take the EA
- Spanish 1 or 2 interest form
- This form will open for submissions in late February or early March
- Deadline to complete the form - March 9, 2023, at 7pm
- If successful on the screener (>80%), the student (7th-11th) and guardian (7th-8th) will receive an email invite to the email address on the form to complete the EA application. Dates for the administration of the Spanish 1 & 2 EAs are TBD, but may require Saturday participation.
- All acceleration attempts must occur during district approved testing windows.
- Students may only accelerate in one course per subject per testing window. (Example: a Spanish 1 exam and a Spanish 2 exam cannot be taken in the same testing window)
- A student can only take a specific EA once during any given testing window. Students may not retest for the same subject during the same testing window.
- If a student attempts but does not pass an EA, the student may be eligible to apply for a retest, dependent on the score of the first attempt. If it is determined that a student is eligible, you will be contacted by your counselor to discuss test options and your study plan.
- Per Texas Education Code 74.24(6), a student may not attempt to earn credit by exam for a specific high school course more than two times
- Per Texas Education Code §74.24(7), if a student fails to earn credit by examination (both semesters) 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 in accordance with the school district's prescribed course sequence, the student must satisfactorily complete the course to receive credit.
- Placement in a new course will only occur at the start of a school year (or semester for semester courses) regardless of the window in which an exam for acceleration is taken.
Requirements to Advance
A student in any of Grades 9-12 must be given credit for an academic subject in which he or she has had no prior instruction if the student scores:
80% on any a criterion-referenced test approved by the school district board of trustees for the applicable course.
- A student must earn a passing score (80%) on both semesters of the course in which they want to accelerate in order for credit to be earned
- Both semesters must be completed and scored prior to the beginning of the school year or student will be expected to sit in the course as scheduled in the appropriate sequence
Screener and EA format
- The screener will be administered in Canvas, on campus during the school day
- Speaking (record media)
- Language (multiple choice)
- Writing (open ended responses)
- Exam for Acceleration (from UT) - for more information, see study guides here
- Part 1 - Speaking: 5 prompts with a 6-point rubric for all prompts (30 pt)
- Part 2 - Listening: 10 questions at 1 point each (10 pt)
- Part 3 - Simulated Conversation: 20 questions at 1 point each (20 pt)
- Part 4 - Reading: 10 questions at 1 point each (10 pt)
- Part 5 - Writing: 5 prompts with a 6-point rubric for all prompts (30 pt)
- Spanish Exams for Acceleration will be ordered from the University of Texas and are based on grade level/course Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
- See TEKS on Texas Education Agency
- Any state adopted grade level textbook can be used to study
- Review guides - counselor will inform you which vendor will be used for your exam for acceleration
- Select correct grade levels and subject
- These review sheets will give information about the format of the test, how to study for the exam and what assignments and additional materials (if any) are due at the time of the exam. They do not tell you what to study since the test is based on the grade level and subject TEKS
- University of Texas review guides
Score Reporting and Course Credit
Results of the screener will be sent to the student/guardian, and the counselor of the school where the student is registered and an invite will be issued to complete the application to take the exam for acceleration.
Results of the exam for acceleration will be sent to the counselor of the school where the student is registered. The campus will contact you directly regarding your student’s test results. The testing office will not give out any information regarding the results of the exam for acceleration testing.
- Appeal of the testing results will not be available.
- After successful completion of a CBE or an EA taken for high school credit, the numerical score earned will be posted to the student’s high school transcript and the student will earn high school credit.
- The transcripted credit will not be calculated into the student’s grade point average (GPA) for ranking purposes.
- Scores below the required minimum for credit will not be posted.
- Students are not allowed to forfeit credit earned via exam for acceleration. Once 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.
- Depending on the testing vendor and sections of the test that require grading by university staff, scoring may take 2 to 4 weeks.
Exam for Acceleration (EA) - While there is no charge to parents when students take an EA, there is a cost to the district for both the test and occasionally the proctor who monitors the exam as it is given. Therefore, please carefully consider availability during the testing window before completing the application and gather input from educators and/or counselors to determine whether or not acceleration is in the best interest of the student. If a student does not take the exam(s) for which s/he is registered, the district will not assume the cost for the student to register again for the same exam. In this case, the parent/guardian will be required to pay for the exam(s) before the exam(s) will be ordered.
- Course sequence - There is NO guarantee that the next course in the sequence will be available at either the home campus or another campus. If that course is available on another campus, district transportation will not be provided.
- Social maturity – When advancing a course, your child’s social and emotional maturity may not match the maturity level of the other students in the course.
- Student desire- A student should have the desire and drive to accelerate and maintain the workload of the higher level class.
- Teacher/counselor recommendation- Teachers and counselors see your student on a daily basis and may be able to provide additional information regarding whether or not acceleration would be appropriate.
- Course opportunities later in high school- In some situations, accelerating now may put your child in a position where he/she is limited in course options as a high school junior or senior. Make sure you are clear on the ultimate goal of acceleration, Early Graduation, Associate’s degree, other (discuss with your counselor)
- Students are required to have 26 credits in order to graduate, and are required to be on campus a minimum of 5 class periods a day during senior year for attendance funding. If a student is not planning to graduate early, acceleration may put the student ahead of schedule for those 26 credits and end up taking classes senior year that will not count for credit.
Course acceleration flow chart