• Elementary Advanced Academic Options

    Birdville ISD offers two advanced academic options for elementary students: Full grade level acceleration and acceleration in math (telescoping).  Click here for specific policies regarding Credit by Exam Testing.  Credit by Exam testing must take place without prior instruction  (before any formal instruction in the tested grade level begins).  Students must be enrolled and attending a Birdville ISD school before any Credit by Exam testing can occur.

     

    Full grade level acceleration:  A student in Grade 1-5 may be accelerated one grade level if he or she meets all of the following requirements:

    1.  The student scores 80% or above on each of the Credit by Exam tests in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies for the grade level he or she wishes to advance.

    2.  A school district representative recommends acceleration of the student.

    3.  A parent or guardian approves acceleration of the student.

     **The Iowa Acceleration Scale has been developed to help determine if acceleration is recommended for students who meet the above requirements.  Data in the following areas will be gathered on students who request Credit by Exam testing for full grade level acceleration:

    1. Available aptitude and achievement testing data.

    2.  School and academic factors (school attendance, student's motivation, attitude toward learning, etc.)

    3.  Developmental factors (physical size, motor coordination)

    4.  Interpersonal skills (relationships with peers and teachers, outside-of-school activities)

    5.  Attitude and support (student's attitude toward acceleration, parents' attitude, school system attitude and support, planning for the future).

     

    Acceleration in math (telescoping):  A student in Grade 1-5 may be accelerated one grade level in math if he or she meets all of the following requirements:

    1.  The student scores 90% or above on on the mathematics Credit by Exam test.

    2.  A school district representative recommends acceleration of the student.

    3.  A parent of guardian approves acceleration of the student.

    A student who consistently exhibits both process and critical thinking skills in mathematics beyond the norm would be a strong candidate to consider for acceleration. Also, students should exhibit mathematical skills beyond rote memorization or basic computation.

    Characteristics of Students Who May Need Acceleration:

    •  Solves problems, yet sometimes not able to explain procedures
    •  Performs computations easily and accurately, but resists extensive calculating
    • Hypothesizes frequently
    •  Works a long time on challenging problems although there may be no solution
    •  Is preoccupied with scales, statistics, records, almanacs, globes, maps
    •  Devises own languages, codes, number systems
    •  Is sensitive to patterns in shapes
    • Ability to translate unfamiliar abstraction into a familiar form
    • Can translate the familiar into an abstraction
    •  Intuitively solve seemingly difficult problems mentally
    •  Computes answers in a non-traditional manner
    •  Uses unusual techniques in problem solving

     

    In addition to the above mentioned factors, the following should also be considered:

    •  My child deals well with change.
    • My child enjoys being challenged.
    •  My child is comfortable working with students older than his/her age.
    • My child is comfortable leaving his/her classroom/campus environment and entering a new classroom/campus.
    •  My child desires to be accelerated.
    •  My child is comfortable asking for help from the teacher when necessary.
    •  My child has strong academic behaviors, including organization, time management, and collaboration with others.
    • My child has a maturity level that would allow for him/her to be successful with above conditions/factors.

     

    **Available aptitude and achievement data will be collected on students who request Credit by Exam testing for telescoping in math.

     

    Grade Level Acceleration: Kindergarten

    Acceleration by Examination for Kindergarten is to allow students to advance to first grade who are not yet six years of age. Typically, these are students who have been enrolled in a private kindergarten or have completed a  kindergarten year in another state.

    The student for whom acceleration (skipping kindergarten) is requested must be at least five years of age by September 1 of the new school year and must be currently enrolled in the school district.

    The student's parent or guardian must initiate the request by completing the Request for Kindergarten Acceleration form within two weeks of school starting

    An incoming kindergarten student may be accelerated one grade level if he/she meets all of the following requirements: 

    1.  The student scores 80% or above on each of the Credit by Exam tests in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies for the grade level he or she wishes to advance.

    2.  A recommendation from the kindergarten or preschool the student has attended is required.

    3.  Chronological age and observed social and emotional development of the student will be considered.

    4.  Other criteria deemed appropriate by the principal and Superintendent may be used.

    5.  The student's parent or guardian must give written approval for the acceleration.

     **The Iowa Acceleration Scale has been developed to help determine if acceleration is recommended for students who meet the above requirements.  

    Acceleration in math (telescoping):  Kindergarten

      A student in Kindergarten may be accelerated one grade level in math if he or she meets all of the following requirements:

    1.  The student scores 90% or above on on the mathematics Credit by Exam test.

    2.  A school district representative recommends acceleration of the student.

    3.  A parent of guardian approves acceleration of the student.

    **A student who consistently exhibits both process and critical thinking skills in mathematics beyond the norm would be a strong candidate to consider for acceleration. Also, students should exhibit mathematical skills beyond rote memorization or basic computation.

     Complete Kindergarten Credit by Exam Application  (due August 30, 2019)

    All test dates below are to accelerate for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Full grade level Credit by Exam testing:  The mathematics and social studies CBE tests are administered first.  If the score on both of these tests is 80% or above, then the language arts and social studies tests are administered on  the next available testing date.  If the score on either of the first two tests is below 80%, then credit by exam testing is not continued.

    Acceleration in Math (Telescoping) Credit by Exam testing:  students may choose any test date for administration of the mathematics CBE test

    **Because Credit by Exam testing must occur before any formal instruction in the grade level, most Credit by Exam tests are taken during the June & July test dates.   If you have questions regarding Credit by Exam testing for your child, contact Stacye Onstott, Coordinator of Gifted Services.

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    Current Grade Level:

     Application Deadline:

    Testing Window:

     Incoming Kindergarten students for 2019-2020 school year.

     August 30, 2019

    September 16-27, 2019

     K-5

     

    October 3, 2019

     

    December 2-6, 2019

     K-5

     December 6, 2019

     

    January 13-17, 2020

     

    K-5

    April 17, 2020

     

    June 8 & 10, 2020

    July 20 & 22, 2020

     Incoming Kindergarten students for 2020-2021 school year.

     August 28, 2020

    **Pending approval of 2020-2021 calendar

     

    September 14-25, 2020

    **Pending approval of 2020-2021 calendar