Credit by Exam

Students Enrolling in Comal ISD for the First Time (New Enrollees) AND from an Accredited School are eligible to request Credit by Exam for Acceleration

The next New Enrollee Acceleration opportunity for Elementary and Middle School students will be from August to early September 2020. New Enrollee Application is posted below. 

 

Kindergarten Acceleration

The next Kindergarten Acceleration opportunity will be September 2020.


Assessments will be administered on the student’s home campus once they arrive in the district.

 

Generally, children are best placed at a grade level with students of their own age. However, some students of kindergarten age testingmay already have mastered the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for kindergarten and, for this reason, are ready to go on to first grade. Acceleration by Examination for kindergarten is to allow students to advance to first grade who are not yet six years of age but are academically ready to do so. Typically, these are students who have been enrolled in a private kindergarten (accredited or non-accredited) or a homeschool arrangement.

Kindergarten acceleration opportunities will be offered only once per year. Comal ISD does not accept another district’s kindergarten acceleration testing. A student who enrolls in Comal ISD must meet Comal ISD standards if deadlines have not passed.

 

A student in kindergarten may be accelerated to first grade if he or she meets ALL of the following requirements in this order:

  1. The student is five (5) years of age on September 1 of the school year in which tested;
  2. The student is six years old on or before December 31 of the school year in which tested;
  3. The student is enrolled in kindergarten in the District;
  4. The student’s parent or guardian initiates the request in writing within the first two weeks of school;
  5. The parent/guardian timely files the request with the campus principal and attends a conference to discuss the request;
  6. The student scores at or above the kindergarten end-of-year expectations on the District’s early reading assessment, which is administered by the kindergarten teacher; and
  7. The student scores at least 80 on each of the following kindergarten content area assessments (language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) through Credit by Exam. Comal ISD will purchase and administer the exams to the student.

The principal will make the recommendation for acceleration and the decision made will be final.

 

Elementary, Middle, and High School Testing Information for the 2020-2021 School Year

 

Elementary and Middle School (ES/MS)

Testing Level

Applications posted to CISD website

Applications Due to campus by end of school day

Testing Dates at Campuses

ES/MS Fall Testing

September 18

October 19

November 16-20

ES/MS Spring Testing

January 11

February 1

March 1-5

*ES/MS Summer I Testing

April 16

May 17

Testing at CHS June 8-9

*ES/MS Summer II Testing

April 16

May 17

Testing at SVHS July 27-28

High School (HS)

Testing Level

Applications posted to CISD website

Applications Due to campus by 4pm

Testing Dates at Campuses

HS Fall Testing

August 28

September 21

CLHS-October 10

CHS-October 17

SVHS-October 24

HS Spring Testing

December 17

January 11

CHS-February 6

CLHS-February 20

SVHS-February 27

*HS Summer I Testing

April 16

May 17

Testing at CHS June 8-9

*HS Summer II Testing

April 16

May 17

Testing at SVHS July 27-28

Credit 

*ES/MS/HS Summer testing is held at one hill country campus and one in town campus. The testing will be two days.  Testing during the school year is held at the student’s home campus, with the exception of MECHS, HCCPHS, and DHS.

 

IMPORTANT: 

Starting February 1, 2018, students may request the UT High School CBEs for acceleration for courses with a state-level EOC (Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, & U.S. History). 

 

Enrollment Placement Process for Students from Non-Accredited Schools, including Home Schools
Grades 1-8: If your student enrolls from a non-accredited school or a home school, he or she will be given a reading and a math screening test in order to be placed in the appropriate grade level. The assessment can only be given to students once they have registered as a Comal ISD student. You will be asked what grade your student is registering for. If your student scores in the 40th percentile or above (based on national norms) for the grade level, he or she will be placed in the corresponding grade. If the student scores below the 40th percentile, he or she will be placed in one grade level below. 
 
If your student scores below the expected placement and you wish to challenge the placement, your student has the option of ordering and taking, at a cost of $50 each, a UT Credit by Exam in Reading and Math. The student must score at least a 70% on both assessments in order to be placed at the requested grade level. The campus can provide you with the appropriate forms to order UT Credit by Exams. Grades 9-12: Any student requesting high school credit, such as Alg. I, Spanish I or II, Geometry or any other credit-bearing course, must follow the guidelines for Credit by Exam with prior instruction. Credit by Exam information can be found at this link:
https://4.files.edl.io/a1d6/04/08/19/190258-f830bd9f-8355-4132-b1cc-1163ef5180af.pdf