Assessment for acceleration from kindergarten into first grade is a process available to students who are currently enrolled in the Pearland Independent School District. A child who has demonstrated exceptional abilities may be considered for enrollment in the first grade if the following criteria are met:
A child must be five years on or before September 1 of the current year in order to be eligible to take the advanced placement exams. In addition, the child must be enrolled in Pearland ISD schools.
Parents interested in kindergarten acceleration for their child should make an appointment to discuss this option with the student’s principal and/or counselor. The parent must complete and submit the application form for kindergarten acceleration to their zoned elementary campus office. A refundable deposit of $20 will be collected at the time of registration. Since the purpose of testing is to determine academic strengths PRIOR to formal instruction, Pearland ISD does not provide study materials or furnish textbooks.
The application forms for Kindergarten Acceleration must be completed and returned to the campus office by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
Administration of Kindergarten Acceleration Tests
Testing will take place according to provisions in state law. The achievement testing dates will be conducted in June. The district kindergarten mastery test will be given after the official test scores are received and analyzed. A student may be assessed for kindergarten acceleration only one time during any year.
Criteria for Advanced Placement
Any student who meets the eligibility requirements and who participates in the scheduled testing qualifies for advanced placement out of kindergarten if he/she meets ALL the following criteria:
- Achievement Test: Scores at or above the 80th percentile on all subtests of the approved achievement test for kindergarten (includes subtest totals in reading, language, mathematics).
- Kindergarten Mastery Test: Scores 80 percent or above.
- Parent Questionnaire/Social Skills: This information is completed by the parents so that school personnel will be informed about the student’s maturity and social development readiness for advancement. No set score is required. Please see the second page of the Kindergarten Acceleration Registration form for the questionnaire.
- Documentation: The parent indicates permission for the student to accelerate to the grade tested, including official application form, documentation of the scores obtained from the achievement tests and district-made kindergarten mastery test, principal/counselor interview, and committee authorization. Careful consideration of this permission should be given, since successful completion of these requirements will be interpreted the same as promotion to first grade and will preclude the kindergarten year. All documentation shall be recorded on the student’s permanent record for the grade skipped.
Review of the Application
A central committee (representatives from the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, kindergarten and/or first grade teacher, campus principal/counselor) will review the application form and determine personnel for administering the test. At the completion of the testing, this committee will reconvene to review all the results and make recommendations.
Note: Consistent with state requirements for acceleration through Credit by Examination in grades 1-12, the passing score for kindergarten acceleration are scores at or above 80th percentile on all subtests of the approved achievement test for kindergarten (reading, language, word analysis and mathematics) AND the district kindergarten mastery test. No appeals or waivers will be accepted.