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Texas Administrative Code §74.24 requires districts to provide a minimum of 4 testing opportunities per calendar year for students to accelerate at no cost to the student.  Students are allowed to take each test only once during the test period. The testing window must be designed to meet the needs of all students.  The dates must be publicized in the community. 

The quarterly testing windows designated by TAC §74.24 are

  • January 1 - March 31
  • April 1 - June 30
  • July 1 - September 30
  • October 1 - December 31

Region 7 ESC supports districts with the credit by exam mandate by hosting testing opportunities utilizing tests from the University of Texas at Austin for grades 3 - 12 .  Region 7 does not offer assessment opportunities for students in grades K - 2.  Refer to your local district policy EHDC for testing of these students.  To cover our costs for the tests, districts are charged a fee.  

A battery of four (4) exams (Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies) is offered for grades 3 - 5.  Students may earn credit for an academic subject in grades 6 - 12 if the stipulated requirements are met.   Learn about all exams available for all grade levels, including Languages Other Than English, by clicking here.

To learn more, click on this link Texas Administrative Code §74.24.  You may also learn more from the Texas Association of School Boards, Inc (TASB) Credit by Exam FAQs document.

  • Two test dates are scheduled during each of the second and third quarterly test windows in June and July

    Location                Date Administered                                   Testing Sessions: Start Times

    Region 7 ESC                June 29, 2021                                          8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

    Region 7 ESC                June 30, 2021                                          8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

    Region 7 ESC                July 12, 2021                                           8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

    Region 7 ESC                July 13, 2021                                           8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

    To register a student for testing, contact Kellie Henley at 


    Deadline for Registration is May 14, 2021. 

The following information was taken from the TEA website located on the Credit by Examination page and the University of Texas at Austin Credit by Exam website.  
  • The Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.023, allows students in primary grades to accelerate a grade level and students in secondary academic courses to earn credit for a course on the basis credit by examination. Credit-by-examination assessments (CBEs) must be approved by each local board of trustees.

    Kindergarten - Grade 5  

    A student in grades K - 5 must be accelerated one grade if the student scores 80% or higher on each CBE including language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies for the grade level the student wishes to advance past. Additionally, in order to qualify for acceleration, the student must be recommended, and the student’s parent or guardian must give written permission.

    Districts must develop procedures to be approved by the local board of trustees for kindergarten acceleration.

    Grades 6 - 12

    A student in grades 6-12 may be awarded credit based on performance on a CBE taken either with no prior instruction or with prior instruction. Students may not attempt to earn credit by exam for the same high school subject more than two times.

    No Prior Instruction

    Students who have had no prior instruction must be awarded credit for the applicable course if the student receives one of the following scores on a CBE approved by the local board of trustees:

    • Three or higher on an AP exam
    • A scaled score of 50 or higher on a CLEP exam
    • 80% or higher on any other locally approved exam

    If a student fails to earn credit by exam for a high school course before the beginning of the school year when the student would normally be expected to enroll in that course according to the district’s schedule, the student must satisfactorily complete the course in order to earn credit.

    Prior Instruction

    Students who have had prior instruction in a course may be awarded credit for the applicable course if the student scores 70% or higher on a CBE approved by the local board of trustees. Prior instruction is determined by the local school district.


    TEC, §28.023:

    TAC, §74.24, Credit by Examination:  

    Texas Tech University ISD:  

    The University of Texas at Austin High School:  

  • School districts are required to provide at least one window each quarter for students to test, unless the exam selected by the district has a different administration schedule. Students may take a specific exam only once during each testing window. A school district is prohibited from charging a fee for credit by examination.

    Quarterly Testing Windows

    January 1 - March 31
    April 1 - June 30
    July 1 - September 30
    October 1 - December 31

  • With the approval of the local board of trustees, a school district may develop its own CBEs or purchase CBEs. For each high school course, each local board is required to approve at least four CBEs to include, to the extent available, College Board Advanced Placement (AP) and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. CBEs may also be developed by Texas Tech University, The University of Texas at Austin, the local school district, or another provider if the exams meet certain criteria.

    The Texas Administrative Code (TAC), §74.24(c)(2), requires that each school district (including Texas Tech University and The University of Texas at Austin) must certify that each CBE 

    • covers all assessable TEKS for the course;
    • has not been published or made publicly available;
    • will only be administered in a secure environment under standardized conditions by a school district or institution of higher education;
    • has been externally validated;
    • is equivalent to the state end-of-course (EOC) assessment instrument in terms of content coverage, item difficulty, and technical quality;
    • yields comparable results for all subgroups; and
    • is validated against the applicable EOC assessment and the test development process and the results of validation efforts have been made public.

    As of May 2014, CBEs for courses that have a state EOC assessment must meet the criteria above in order for a student to earn credit and be exempt from the state EOC exam. The district must ensure that any CBE meets these criteria.

    CBEs for all courses that do not have an EOC assessment will be required to meet the criteria above beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

  • The following links direct you to resources found on the University of Texas at Austin Credit by Exam pages.  Clicking on them will navigate away from the Region 7 ESC website.

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