Credit By Exam (CBE)

  • Credit by Examination 19 TAC 74.24

    Students may use Credit by Examination (CBE) to demonstrate mastery in any subject (grades 1-8) and to earn credit in any high school academic course with the prior approval of the appropriate administrator.

    Credit by Examination for acceleration (without prior instruction) is intended for students who have not received instruction in a course or grade level subject and wish to “test out” or “skip”. A student in Grades 1-12 must be given credit for an academic subject in which he/she has not received prior instruction if the student scores:

    • A three (3) or higher on a College Board AP examination
    • A scale score of 60 or higher on a College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examination
    • 80% on a criterion-referenced test approved by the GPISD Board of Trustees**

     A student may not attempt a CBE for the same course more than two (2) times.

    The registration deposit for ordering a Credit by Examination without prior instruction is $35 per test in grades 1-12. The registration monies will be refunded once the student takes the examination.

    Credit by Examination for recovery (with prior instruction) is intended for students who received instruction in a course or grade level subject but did not pass/receive credit. In accordance with local district policy, a student in grades 1-12 may be given credit for an academic subject in which he/she had some prior instruction if the student scores 70% on a criterion-referenced test.

    • On approval of the attendance committee, a student who has excessive absences may be permitted to earn or regain course credit through credit by examination.
    • Credit by Examination shall not be used to gain eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities.

    The non-refundable registration fee for ordering Credit by Examination with prior instruction is $35 per test in grades 1-12.

    Grand Prairie offers credit by exam opportunities for specific dates and registration forms, please revisit the Department of Assessment and Research website, contact your school counselor, or contact Maricela McAfee (972) 237-5385.

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  • ^^Students in grades 1-8 wishing to accelerate during the January administration must meet the criteria of 80% or higher on eight examinations. Students must accelerate out of the last half of their current grade level and the first half of the grade level in which they wish to accelerate in each of the core subjects: reading, mathematics, science, and social studies.

    **High School acceleration during this window is only available for courses not assessed with STAAR end-of-course exams. For courses assessed with STAAR end-of-course exams, students must meet one of the following criteria:


    ++High School students may not accelerate out of courses in which they are currently enrolled during the September administration.

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