2018-2019 GCISD Acceleration Testing Calendar

Exams for Acceleration

Math Telescoping
Grades K-7

Procedures: Parents of GCISD students in grades K through 7, who want their child to take a Math Telescoping Examination, will need to select the link below entitled Parent Information Packet - Acceleration Exams: Math Telescoping, Grades K-7. Print and Read all information and procedures carefully. Follow the instructions on the Math Telescoping Crosswalk (included in the packet) to understand which exam(s) your child will be required to take. The final determination of exams will be made by GCISD.

Online Registration Procedures and Form For Testing: The Online Registration Process will open February 22, 2019 for the Spring test date.

No registrations will be accepted after the posted Deadlines.

Parent Information Packet - Math Telescoping, Grades K-7 - ENGLISH VERSION


Parent Information Packet - Math Telescoping, Grades K-7 - SPANISH VERSION


Students must have a score of at least 80% on the math telescoping exam to be considered for appeal.  Please remember that appeal is for provisional placement only.  Should an appeal be granted, the student will be required to maintain expected progress at the grade level of instruction at all checkpoints throughout the school year.  Failure to do so will result in placement in more appropriate enrolled grade level math instruction.

Before filling out this form, please gather the student's telescoping exam score sheet(s), most recent report card, most recent achievement score sheets for math and reading (e.g. STAAR, Stanford 9, IStation), and most recent aptitude test scores (e.g. CogAT, Otis Lennon, NNAT).  The form should be completed in one sitting.

This form will accept responses until noon CDT on Thursday, August 2, 2018.

Select this link to fill out the Math Telescoping Appeal Form.

Select from the links below to download study guides from the UT-Austin website and view TEKS from the TEA website.

 General Information:  
Students currently enrolled in grades K through 7 in the District and meet specific eligibility criteria, may accelerate in math beyond their enrolled grade level or course. Because the acceleration process involves “skipping” classroom instruction for a grade level or course, students must demonstrate mastery of the math content above their current grade level and for which s/he has not received any formal classroom instruction. Mastery is determined by meeting the district criterion on a state-approved exam chosen by the district. Students in grades K through 5 must score 90% or higher on the state-approved exam for the grade level to be skipped. Students in grades 6 through 7 must score 80% or higher on the state-approved exam for the course to be skipped. Students will have two opportunities to take the exam.

A student may be a high achieving learner in their current grade level math course, but that knowledge base is not sufficient to pass a math exam for the next level course when they have not received any instruction. A student must be thoroughly prepared by learning the TEKS of the course in which s/he is attempting to skip. A link to view the TEKS is provided below. Also, parents should refer to "Is Math Telescoping Right for My Child?" (included in the packet) for additional factors to consider.

Taking a math examination will not provide you with enough information to judge how your child is performing academically in math. These examinations are the property of UT-Austin and you will not receive information about objectives or skills missed or allowed to see a copy of the examination. Knowing a score or how many questions a child missed does not help in guiding instruction. GCISD uses a variety of assessments throughout the year that will give parents information with regard to how a student is performing academically.