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Kindergarten Acceleration

Pearland ISD will be offering credit by examination for kindergarten acceleration on May 29, 2024.  Registration is due to the campus counselor no later than May 2, 2024.  To be eligible for Kindergarten Acceleration and obtain the registration form from the campus counselor or principal, the student must be enrolled in Pearland ISD.  

Assessment for acceleration from kindergarten into first grade is a process available to students who are currently enrolled in the Pearland Independent School District and will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2024.

Age Requirement

A child must be five years on or before September 1, 2024 in order to be eligible to take the advanced placement exams. 

Enrollment Requirement

The student must be enrolled in Pearland ISD schools. 

Criteria for Acceleration

Any student who meets the eligibility requirements and who participates in the scheduled testing qualifies for placement out of kindergarten if he/she meets ALL the following criteria:
  1. 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).
  2. Kindergarten Mastery Test: Scores 80th percentile or above.
  3. 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.
  4. Recommendation for Acceleration: The parent indicates permission for the student to accelerate to first grade. 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.