Grade Acceleration

Department Contact:

DR. LACY CARTER

Director of School Improvement

(682) 867-7423
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Overview

Arlington ISD’s grade acceleration program, in accordance with state and district guidelines, allows students enrolled in an AISD school the opportunity to advance a particular grade level based upon their scores on content-area exams.

Accelerating a Grade via Examination

Students may accelerate a grade in which they have had no prior instruction if:

  • The student’s parent or guardian gives written approval for the acceleration AND
  • The student scores an 80% or higher on each section (language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) of a district-approved, criterion-referenced test.

Students may earn credit by exam for subjects in which they have had prior instruction if:

  • The student’s parent or guardian gives written approval for the acceleration AND
  • The student scores a 70% or higher on each section (language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) of a district-approved, criterion-referenced test.

General Information

Grade acceleration tests are free of charge to students enrolled in Arlington ISD and are administered at the campus in which the student is enrolled.  A student may not attempt to accelerate a particular grade via examination more than two times.  Grade acceleration tests should be scheduled in consultation with school staff and in accordance with the district testing calendar.  Grade acceleration tests are not timed.

Grade Acceleration Exam Administration Dates

Exam administrations occur five times throughout the school year.  For the 2016-17 school year, the following administration dates apply:

Exam
Window

Registration
Deadline

Administration
Dates

Results
Reported

Window One

July 15

August 1 – 31

September 9

Window Two

October 7

October 24 – November 4

November 18

Window Three

January 6

January 23 – February 3

February 17

Window Four

April 7

April 24 – May 5

May 19

Window Five

May 5

May 22 – June 2

June 16

Contact

Any inquiries related to the grade acceleration process should be directed to the student’s school counselor.Contact information is available at each campus website linked on the School Directory

Grade Acceleration Procedures and Applications

Under 5 Years of Age by September 1

Early Admission to Grade 1

Acceleration to Grade 1

Acceleration to Grades 2-9