GCISD 2021-2022 Acceleration Testing Calendar

Examinations for Acceleration - Kindergarten into First Grade

(Exams to skip Kindergarten)

REQUIREMENTS: Generally, children are best placed at a grade level with students of their own age. However, some students of Kindergarten age may already have mastered the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Kindergarten and, for this reason, are ready to go on to first grade. Students who show mastery on Kindergarten Reading, Writing and Mathematics acceleration exams and show developmental readiness may be considered for acceleration to first grade.

When recommending acceleration, consideration is given to students who can clearly function at an above average level academically and meet the social, emotional and behavioral demands of first grade as well. Please carefully review the "Is My Child Ready for First Grade in GCISD?" to determine if your child meets all of the criteria for entering first grade prior to submitting a request for your child to skip Kindergarten in GCISD.


Requirements to be met for a student to be eligible to register:
1. The student must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2022
2. The student must be registered for Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year in a GCISD school. Information about Student Registration for Kindergarten will be on the District’s website under the Parent Tab. Registration dates for Kindergarten Round-Up and for students new to GCISD for the 2022-2023 school year will be posted on the District's website.


If these requirements are met, then a parent/guardian must submit, BY EMAIL ONLY, the completed registration form (see link below), and a copy of the Summary Page from the Kindergarten online student registration to: lisar.morton@gcisd.net

2022-2023 - Procedures and Registration Form:   Registration will open online mid JANUARY 2022 for the July 2022 exam dates.

Parents will receive a letter indicating location, times and dates of testing. Email Lisa Morton (lisar.morton@gcisd.net) if you need any additional information.

No registrations will be accepted after the posted deadline date May 24, 2022, 1:00 p.m.


Procedures to recommend acceleration to first grade:

When recommending acceleration, consideration is given to students who can clearly function at an above average level academically and meet the social, emotional and behavioral demands of first grade as well.

Students currently enrolled in the District to begin Kindergarten in the new school year will be eligible to accelerate to First Grade if the student meets all of the following requirements: [See Policy EHDC]

  • A score of 90% or higher on a criterion-referenced test for kindergarten in mathematics selected by the district, and;
  • A score of 90% or higher on a criterion-referenced test for kindergarten in language arts/reading selected by the district, and;
  • The students core 6.4 years of age or above on a developmental screening examination selected by the District.

Additional information about Kindergarten Acceleration:


Updated 8/26/2021