Exam for Acceleration

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.

Exam for Acceleration 
Kindergarten Exam for Acceleration
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' first grades during the second semester.
For general information about the Kindergarten EA into First Grade process, you may email kathy.wood@leanderisd.org

Exam for AccelerationExam for Acceleration Criteria
Grades 1-5
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.

Grades 6-12
Students in grades 6-12 seeking placement credit in a subject area in which they have not received prior instruction may earn credit by passing these exams with a score of 80%.


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.

Please email Kathy Wood, Director Gifted and K-8 Advanced Programs, or Sarah Hyde, Secondary Advanced Program Facilitator.