Credit by exam (CBE) is one method for students to demonstrate proficiency in grade level or course content. The Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.023, allows students to either accelerate a grade level or 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 for their district. CBEs are administered by the district or test provider in accordance with local district policy. Scores will be reported directly to the school district and/or student. TEA does not have access to student results for CBE.
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, a local board is required to approve at least four CBEs, to the extent available, including 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 or provider of an assessment, 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 evaluated to ensure test scores can be interpreted as indicators of what the test is intended to measure; and
has been evaluated to ensure consistency of test results across testing conditions.
A school district or the provider of the assessment must make public an annual report, including:
the test development process;
a statement certifying that the examination meets the criteria above;
the number of students who took each examination;
the number of students who scored 70% or above on each examination;
the number of students who scored 80% or above on each examination; and
the average score for all students who took the examination for each examination.