Procedures for Acceleration K-12

In accordance with Board Policy EHDC

SAISD believes that acceleration must be in the best interest of the child, and supported by the child’s support team before assessments are given. All final decisions will be made by a Grade Placement Committee at the student’s current campus and consist of the principal, the parent, the most recent teacher and the counselor.

The following windows for K-8 acceleration testing are strictly adhered to so that assessments can be ordered, proctored, and scored in a timely manner. All assessments are ordered through the Department of Assessment and Counseling 947-3838 ext. 744. The TTUK-12 (Texas Tech University) Credit by Exams are used and all reviews for exams can be found at: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/k12/current-students/forms/cbe-review-sheets/

Kindergarten

In accordance to State Board rules, the Board shall approve procedures developed by the district to allow a child who is 5 years old at the beginning of the school year to be assigned initially to grade 1 rather than kindergarten. The campus may accelerate a student to first grade if:

  • The student scores 80 percent or above on a criterion-referenced test from Texas Tech University in the areas of English Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics and Social Studies for Kindergarten.
  • The grade placement committee recommends that the student be accelerated.

Grades 1 – 5

The campus may accelerate a student by one grade level if the student meets the following criteria:

  • The student must score 80 percent or above on a criterion-referenced test from Texas Tech University in the areas of English Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics and Social Studies for the accelerated grade level.
  • The grade placement committee recommends that the student be accelerated.

Grades 6 – 8

The campus may accelerate a student by one grade level if the student meets the following criteria:

  • The student must score 80 percent or above on a criterion-referenced test from Texas Tech University in the areas of English Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics and Social Studies for the accelerated grade level.
  • The grade placement committee recommends that the student be accelerated.
  • A student who takes an exam that earns high school credit and earns an 80 or above will receive high school credit for that subject. (i.e.- Spanish I, Algebra I)
Timeline for K-8 Acceleration Testing Deadlines
Parent must request and complete an application for acceleration testing through the campus counselor or principal. 3rd Week of May
Students will complete exams at the SAISD Administration Building at 1621 University Drive.
To set up dates, the counselor or parent must call the Department of Counseling and Assessment at 947-3838 ext. 744.
All testing must be completed during the month of June.
District will receive and communicate assessment scores with the campus counselor and principal. 4th week of July
Grade Placement Committee meeting must be held Prior to the 1st day of school

Grades 9-12

The campus may transcript credit for any academic subject or elective if the student meets the following criteria:

  • The student scores at least 80 percent on a criterion-referenced test from Texas Tech University for the applicable course.
  • If a student is given credit in a subject on the basis of an examination, the campus must enter the examination score on the student’s transcript.
Timeline for 9-12 Credit By Exam (for acceleration) Deadlines
Parent must request and complete an application for acceleration testing through the campus counselor or principal. Can be done at any time throughout the school year.
Students will complete exams at the campus if the testing date falls between the first day of school and last day of school. All testing will be proctored once the test is received by TTU-K12
District will receive and communicate assessment scores with the campus counselor and principal. Upon receipt of scores (4 weeks from test date)
Counselors will transcript the score as a grade. Prior to the end of each quarter.

Appeal Process

In the event of a disagreement with the campus grade placement committee the following procedures will be followed:

  1. Parent will request an appeal through the campus principal in writing.
  2. The principal will contact the Department of Assessment and Counseling.
  3. The Department of Assessment and Counseling will notify the following committee:
    1. Director of Assessment and Counseling
    2. Chief of School Leadership
    3. Elementary or Secondary Director of Curriculum and Instruction
    4. The parent
  4. The committee will notify the parent of the meeting date and time
  5. The meeting will convene and final decisions will be made and communicated to the campus principal and parent.

Contact Information:

Rebecca Cline
Director of Assessment and Counselors
T: (325) 947-3838 x741

Raelynn Cajas
Administrative Assistant
T: (325) 947-3838 x744