Examination for Acceleration/Credit by Examination

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Round Rock ISD offers students the opportunity to accelerate in subject areas through exams aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and provided through Texas Tech University and the University of Texas.

Students in grades K-5 may accelerate a full grade level by successfully taking exams in math, science, social studies, and language arts. Secondary students may accelerate in a single subject area or in multiple subject areas.

To be eligible for this opportunity, students must be enrolled in the district and student performance and records must indicate a high probability of success. UT High School Texas Tech TTU K-12 Kindergarten Examination for Acceleration Frequently Asked Questions For more information and district registration forms, please contact your campus counselor.

2018-2019 Dates

July 1 – September 30: The Registration Deadline is August 1. The Exam Return Date is September 1

October 1 through December 31: Registration Deadline is November 1. The Exam Return Date is December 1

January 1 through March 31: Registration Deadline is February 1. The Exam Return Date is March 1

April 1 through June 30: Registration Deadline is May 1. The Exam Return Date is June 1.

Language Testing

Available Test for Placement and Credit in Languages Other Than English

Secondary Student Language Testing

Language testing is available for students to earn credits toward their graduation requirements in Languages Other Than English (LOTE).

  1. Students may earn up to four credits, depending on the test. A minimum of two credits are required for the foundation high school graduation plan.
  2. Students may test in a language in order to earn credit(s) to be placed in a higher level of that language course.

Students must contact their campus counselor to register for language testing.

The American-Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Assessment Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) is available to all secondary students. The assessment is designed to measure their level of proficiency in a foreign language. It is an online test that requires students to read, listen, speak, and write in a foreign language. The student must know how to type in the foreign language they wish to be tested, using specific characters if necessary.

The following languages are available for AAPPL: Arabic, French, German, Korean, Mandarin Chinese Traditional, Mandarin Chinese Simplified, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Thai and Hindi. Latin is also available via ALIRA, ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment. If a student chooses to test with OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) or CBE (Credit by examination) instead of AAPPL, RRISD will not fund the test.  

Students who want to test in Vietnamese must take the UT High School Examination for Acceleration and test for each semester they would like to earn credit for. Please contact your campus counselor to register for this test.

For American Sign Language (ASL), student placement is at the discretion of the teacher and their expertise in the content. Upon successful completion of the course the student will earn all credits for that course and the course level(s) below. For example: a student who successfully completes ASL 3, will receive credits for ASL 1 and ASL 2. Credentialing is the process of showing competence in an advanced level of a course to gain credit for the lower level of the course. (Note: earning a credit with an associated grade is based on actual seat time in the specifically named course.) If a student earns credit in an advanced course via the above described scenario two, the student may be granted credit (but not a grade) for the lower level courses.

The AAPPL measure was approved by the Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees as a placement and credentialing test for LOTE students. District campuses implemented the measure in August 2016.

To evaluate student language proficiency, a signed parent consent form must be submitted.

Course offering may vary from campus to campus. Some upper level language courses may not be available on all middle school or high school campuses. When testing for acceleration, the social and emotional needs of the student should be considered. Enrolling in a higher level course may also mean enrolling in a course with higher grade level students. The content of some upper level courses (eg: Spanish Literature and Culture, generally a Junior/Senior level course) may not be appropriate for younger students. Courses taken via AAPPL, Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)  or Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) (at the middle school or high school level) are not used as part of GPA or Class Rank. Courses taken via AAPPL, Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)  or Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) (at the middle school or high school level) are not used as part of GPA or Class RankFor other languages, an OPI  and/or a WPT are available for high school students only.

The Oral Proficiency Interview, or OPI, is a live, 20-30 minute telephone conversation between a certified tester and the candidate. It is a valid and reliable test that measures how well a person speaks a language. OPI is offered in the following languages (but are subject to change):

 

Afrikaans, Akan, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian, Azerbaijani, Baluchi, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Cebuano, Chavacano, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, English, Ewe, Finnish, French, Ga, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hausa, Hebrew, Hiligaynon, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Igbo, Ilocano, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kazakh, Kikongo, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Korean, Krio, Kurdish, Lao, Lingal, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Mandarin, Mandingo-Bambara, Marathi, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese-Brazilian, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian/Croatian, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Tamil, Tausug, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrinya, Turkish, Turkmen, Uighur, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yoruba, Zulu.

The Oral Proficiency Interview by computer, or OPIc is an internet-delivered test which provides valid and reliable oral proficiency testing on a large scale. It was developed in response to the increased worldwide demand for the testing of oral language proficiency. The computer-delivered assessment emulates the “live” OPI, but delivery of questions is through a carefully designed computer program, and via a virtual avatar. Thus the test can be taken on-demand, and at a time convenient to the candidate and proctor. OPIc is offered in the following languages (but are subject to change):

 

Arabic, Bengali, English, French, German, Indonesian, Korean, Mandarin, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog.

The Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) is a standardized test for the global assessment of functional writing ability in a language. The writing proficiency test measures how well a person spontaneously writes in a language (without access to revisions and/or editing tools). WPT is a computer-based evaluation that may require use of a dedicated keyboard in the language. The student MUST know how to type in the target language. It is preferred that the student provide the testing laptop with the appropriate keyboard. If a student is unable to gain access to a laptop with the necessary keyboard, the District will download a language compatible keyboard. The WPT can only be used in addition to an OPI and/or OPIc. A student taking an OPI (or OPIc) AND a WPT may earn up to four credits in LOTE depending on their averaged scores on both tests. Since it can be used to earn credits beyond the minimum requirement for graduation, it is not funded by the District and a $70.00 fee applies.  Payment is accepted in the form of a check or money order, payable to Round Rock ISD and sent to the office of RRISD Advanced Academics, 1311 Round Rock Ave. Round Rock TX 78681. WPT is offered in the following languages (but are subject to change):

 

Albanian (booklet form only), Arabic, Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (modern), Haitian Creole (booklet form only), Hebrew (booklet form only), Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian Farsi, Polish, European Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

Once a student receives credit(s) through AAPPL, OPI, or WPT, they can only enroll in a language course beyond the course credits they have received. Auditing a high school credit-bearing course for which the student has already earned credit is permitted with the approval of the Grade Placement Committee, although there will be no new grade for the repeated course, only an “NG” (meaning no grade) listed on the transcript. Please note that this request is only considered when there is available space in the class. Students who must earn credit for the course will be the scheduling priority.

If you have any questions, please contact your student’s campus counselor.

Our district will fund language testing only for language credits counting toward that student’s graduation requirement under the Foundation Plan.

 

  • AAPPL: $20.00*
  • OPI: $139.00* (live conversation)
  • OPIc: $70.00* (simulated computer conversation, only available in some languages)
  • WPT: $70.00* (online writing test) – NOT funded by Round Rock ISD

*All fees are subject to change. The results of the AAPPL, OPI, OPic and/or WPT are received within two weeks of the day of administration. Depending on the student’s score(s), the student will be awarded credit(s) for LOTE in the language they tested in. Those credits are not calculated into the student’s class rank and/or GPA. FYI: All Texas students are required to earn a minimum of two LOTE credits to meet high school graduation requirements. Contact your student’s campus counselor to register for language testing.

Language Testing for Elementary Students

Only fifth grade students enrolled in the District’s Dual Language program can test for language credit.
Fifth grade Dual Language students will take the American-Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Assessment Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) to measure the student’s proficiency in Spanish.

The AAPPL is an online test that requires the student to read, listen, speak, and write in Spanish. A student must know how to type in Spanish, using specific characters if necessary. Elementary students use the test Form A; secondary students use the test Form B.

The AAPPL measure was approved by the Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees as a placement and credentialing test for LOTE students. District campuses implemented the measure in August 2016.
Depending on their score(s) in writing, speaking, reading and listening, students could earn one high school credit in the fifth-grade.

If a student would like the opportunity to earn more credits, he/she will need to wait until they enter the sixth grade to test with AAPPL Form B.

High school credits awarded in elementary or middle school do not factor into Grade Point Average (GPA) or Class Rank. Students do, however, receive this credit towards graduation requirements under the Foundation Plan.

Students who earn one high school credit via AAPPL must retain that credit, which will be part of their secondary transcript once they enroll in a RRISD campus in 6th grade.

Spanish courses offered in middle school may be different for each campus and are contingent to staffing and student enrollment. For more information, please contact the middle school campus your student will be attending as a 6th grader.

Course offering may vary from campus to campus. Some upper level language courses may not be available on all middle school or high school campuses. When testing for acceleration, the social and emotional needs of the student should be considered. Enrolling in a higher level course may also mean enrolling in a course with higher grade level students. The content of some upper level courses (eg: Spanish Literature and Culture, generally a Junior/Senior level course) may not be appropriate for younger students. Courses taken via AAPPL, OPI or WPT (at the middle school or high school level) are not used as part of GPA or Class Rank. To evaluate student language proficiency, a signed parent consent form must be submitted.

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