Exam for Acceleration


Exam for Acceleration allows Leander ISD students who have mastered the content and skills of a particular grade level or course without direct instruction to advance to the next level so they will be more appropriately challenged. When given at designated times in the district, these exams are available at no cost to eligible students. Campus counselors should be contacted for information on test dates and registration. Students wishing to earn Exam for Acceleration will complete an application form and take a designated criterion-referenced test which covers the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and major learning for the course for which they wish credit. The district uses tests developed by the University of Texas Extension, Instruction, and Materials Center.

Exam for Acceleration (EA) Process

According to Texas State Board of Education rules, school districts must offer Examinations for Acceleration (EA) at every grade level and for every subject area offered in grades K – 12. To help schools serve this mandate, the University of Texas and Texas Tech University Distance Education Centers offer a wide array of exams for grades 1-12. Leander ISD uses these resources to ensure standardization and objectivity of the exams.

Highly advanced kindergarten students who are currently enrolled in kindergarten in LISD can accelerate to first grade ONLY if they qualify through the Kindergarten Exam for Acceleration (EA) into first-grade process. There are four levels of Kindergarten Exams for Acceleration (EA) into first grade. The Summer Kindergarten Exam for Acceleration (EA) into First Grade process for registered kindergarten students, who have completed private or home school kindergarten. The Exam for Acceleration (EA) process for kindergarten students during the first nine weeks of school. This process must happen within the first nine weeks of school. The Exam for Acceleration (EA) process for kindergarten students after the first nine weeks and before November 1. The Exam for Acceleration (EA) process for underage students entering LISD from private schools

A student in grades 1-5, who has not received instruction at the grade level tested, must be accelerated (promoted) one grade if the student meets the following requirement: The student achieves a minimum score of 80% on the grade-level exam in all of the following subject areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Testing Dates

Below is the Exam for Acceleration testing schedule for students in grades 1-12. For more details or to register for EA testing, please contact your campus counselor. Please note that all the below EA testing dates enable qualifying students to accelerate for the 2018-19 school year.

  • June 13-14, 2018 at Camacho Elementary School
    Registration deadline Friday, May 18.
  • July 18-19, 2018 at LEO
    Registration deadline Friday, May 18.
Need additional information?
For grades 1-12, UT provides review sheets in a free online printable format, available even before students are enrolled. Please click this link for more information.
Updated on May 9, 2018

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