Grade and Subject Acceleration

Grade or subject acceleration and impact on Third Grade Reading Guarantee

State law requires all school districts to develop and use a student acceleration policy. This law allows a district committee to place a student in a higher level than is typical, given the student’s age.

A district committee, which includes the child’s parents, teachers and other school professionals, may accelerate a student from one grade to a higher grade. Or, a district committee may accelerate a student in one or more subjects to a higher grade in those subjects, but not to a higher grade level.

The purpose of this law is to provide a student access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities. In most cases, this law does not apply to a student who is in curricular options with age peers such as ability grouping, honors courses and Advanced Placement courses.

Impact of acceleration on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee

The Third Grade Reading Guarantee applies to students accelerated to third grade or to third grade in reading.

This means the student:

  • takes a diagnostic assessment at the beginning of the school year;
  • reaches the promotion score on the Grade 3 ELA test or a comparable score on a state-approved alternative assessments for reading for promotion to fourth grade;
  • may not be promoted to fourth grade if reading scores are not reached.

Students who are accelerated to fourth grade or to fourth grade in reading:

  • take fourth grade assessments;
  • do not participate in the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

Last Modified: 7/29/2015 9:00:55 AM