Acceleration

Updated on Fri, 04/29/2016 - 2:06pm

Acceleration offers standard curricular experiences to students at a younger-than-usual age or lower-than-usual grade level.  Acceleration includes early entrance to kindergarten or first grade, grade skipping, or subject acceleration, in which a student receives advanced instruction in one or more content areas.

There are 2 forms of Acceleration:

Subject Acceleration: where a student goes up a grade level for one subject, most often for math. It is important to consider long-term impacts, including what programming, scheduling and transportation issues might arise when children approach middle and/or high school. Families should consult with their child’s math teacher, GT coordinator and/or principal for further information. Adams 12 does have policy/procedure in place for subject acceleration.

Full-grade Acceleration (grade skipping): where a student skips up to the next grade level.  This is a radical intervention that should take into account a variety of factors – academic, social and emotional.  Interested families should complete the Acceleration Application and consult their child’s principal.

Research on Acceleration: Much of the literature on acceleration indicates that, for those highly gifted students who are not being sufficiently challenged by their age-level curriculum, the academic benefits of full-grade acceleration tend to outweigh any social disadvantages.  This is a generalization, and all relevant factors should be considered in this decision.

See the Acceleration Institute for a summary of research on the topic, and the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) for a research-supported position statement.