DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR AN EXEMPTION IS MAY 7 AT 4PMFinal Exam ExemptionsUPDATE PER HISD 2018-2019 SCHOOL GUIDELINES
FINAL EXAM EXEMPTIONS – COLLEGE-LEVEL COURSES Schools may, under the following conditions, exempt students from a final exam in college-level courses for which the students take an externally-assessed national or international exam during that same semester. College-level courses are defined as Advanced Placement (AP) courses with corresponding College Board AP exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) courses with corresponding International Baccalaureate Organization SL- and HL-level exams, and dual-credit courses that are appropriately assessed with a CLEP, AP, or similar externally-assessed college-level content test. (Per the College Board, SAT Subject Tests are intended to test “knowledge of subjects on a high school level,” and therefore do not qualify as a college-level test for this exemption.) To qualify for this exemption, a student must sit for the corresponding college exam during the same semester of course enrollment, and have in the course an average of 85 or better, three (3) or fewer absences, and an “S” or better conduct average.
♦ A student who is awarded an exemption from any final exam is not counted present for ADA funding purposes, even though the student is not required to be in attendance when the exam is given.
♦ Under no circumstance will a student be allowed to retake a final examination to improve his grade.
♦ The grade averaging routines described at the beginning of this section and in the section on summer school will apply to all high school courses that are required to include a final examination grade.
Final Exam Exemptions – All High School Courses To incentivize the daily attendance rate, eligible grade 9 students may be allowed one spring final exam exemption; two spring final exam exemptions may be allowed for eligible 10th and 11th graders. Eligible students are those with no more than three (3) absences in any one course for the duration of the semester. In addition, eligible students must have an 85 or higher semester average in the specific course(s) where the final exam exemption is applied.