Math Acceleration

Examinations for Math Acceleration, Grades 1 - 7

The Northwest Independent School District (NISD) provides students in grades 1 through 7, who are currently enrolled in the District and meet specific eligibility criteria, opportunities to advance in math beyond their enrolled grade level through Examinations for Math Acceleration. Acceleration is the state’s term for receiving credit for school work not taken.

The acceleration process involves skipping classroom instruction for a grade level or course. Students must demonstrate mastery of the math standards above their current grade level and for which s/he has not received any formal classroom instruction. This includes 6th & 7th graders who choose to move from on-level to Pre-AP Math. A credit-by-exam (CBE) is required because they have not received instruction on some grade level standards due the compacted curriculum in Pre-AP math courses. Mastery is determined by meeting the district criterion on a locally developed and locally assessed CBE test.

  • Students in elementary grades K through 5 must score 90% or higher on the exam(s) to be considered for mathematics acceleration.
  • Students in grades 6 through 7 must score 80% or higher on the exam(s) to be considered for mathematics acceleration. 

Current NISD students (grades K through 7) who exhibit both process and critical thinking skills beyond the norm on a consistent basis will be eligible to accelerate in math beyond their enrolled grade level. Students must also exhibit mathematical skills beyond basic computation or rote memorization. Acceleration is not for everyone. Parents should refer to Is Math Acceleration Right for My Child? for additional factors to consider.

Recommended criteria for accelerating in math

Students who accelerating in math will be responsible for any state testing for the above grade level standards being taught.

Accelerated Math Pathway

Grade Level

Grade Level of Math Instruction



2nd Grade TEKS



3rd Grade TEKS

3rd grade STAAR


4th Grade TEKS

4th grade STAAR


5th Grade TEKS

5th grade STAAR


6th PreAP (6th & 7th grade TEKS)

6th grade STAAR


7th PreAP (8th grade TEKS)

8th grade STAAR


PreAP Algebra 1

Algebra EOC


PreAP Geometry

8th grade STAAR


PreAP Algebra 2




AP Calculus BC


AP Stats/Independent Study/TAMS.

Math Acceleration Examinations will be administered at a NISD facility with staff members present each of the testing days.  NISD Does not provide transportation to the testing site.

Testing Dates  Registration Deadline Location
 June 6-8, 2017  May 19, 2017 Northwest High School
August 1-3, 2017   July 14, 2017 Byron Nelson High School

Before registering for math acceleration, parents and students should conference with the GATES teacher. 

Application for Math Acceleration
(Registration will open May 30th for August Testing)


PLEASE NOTE: Northwest ISD will not offer examinations for math acceleration on dates other than the scheduled dates. Student must register online by exam deadline. There is no charge for the tests given on the scheduled dates. The district is not obligated to provide study guides or textbooks for students to prepare for the examination. Parents & students may access the Texas Education Agency's website to view the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) covered in the exams. All tests are in English. Credit/Acceleration by examination cannot be used to raise a passing grade.