Some children need more than their current educational placement. Typically, students who need acceleration are ones who are consistently top of their class and they complete their work quickly and accurately. There are two main types of acceleration: whole-grade and subject acceleration.

Students who qualify for Early Entrance to Kindergarten or 1st grade are also considered acceleration students. Additionally, early high school graduation is another form of acceleration. 

The need for 
whole-grade accelerationis rare and many factors are considered when evaluating whether or not a child is a good candidate. The Iowa Acceleration Scale (IAS) is the guide used for whole-grade acceleration K-8. The IAS requires the acceleration committee to look at assessment data, school and academic factors, developmental factors, interpersonal skills, school and family attitude and support as well as critical items such as siblings in the accelerated grade level or the student’s ability is less than one standard deviation above the mean. Anyone seeking whole-grade acceleration should contact the Gifted Services Coordinator.

Subject acceleration is more common than whole-grade acceleration. Subject acceleration means that a child is ready for the next grade level much earlier than the typical student. For example, a second grade student may be taking third grade math while finishing second grade. Anyone seeking subject acceleration should first discuss the need with the regular classroom teacher and then contact Gifted Services.

William Mullane,
Aug 30, 2018, 1:09 PM