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Is the kindergarten he did through an accredited school? Having successfully completed kindergarten should transfer regardless of age.
Without kindergarten, our school would require testing to advance to first: IQ score >130 AND achievement scores > 95%ile for reading, writing, and math relative to early first grade levels. Additionally, for acceleration from K to 1st they would also require that he be no more than 3 months younger than the age cutoff.
It's a high bar meant to discourage even making the request.
It sounds like you aren't getting that type of treatment, though, so that's a positive sign that they're actually looking at the child before making a decision. In your case, it sounds like he's completed K, though, and should move on.