The State Board of Education adopted a model acceleration policy for advanced learners at its April 2006 meeting. School districts are required to implement the model acceleration policy or alternative research-based policies approved by the Ohio Department of Education beginning in the 2006-2007 school year. Below is Information on the policy and tools and resources for implementing it.
- Testing Rules for Subject-Accelerated Students (PDF)
- Acceleration Update (PDF)
- Model policy text and introductory information (PDF)
- Form for submitting district acceleration policies for review (PDF) (Word)
Acceleration Policy Implementation Toolkit
The following tools and resources are designed to assist school districts in implementing the Model Student Acceleration Policy for Advanced Learners developed by ODE and adopted by the State Board of Education. These items may not be compatible with locally developed acceleration policies or policies distributed by other organizations. Any district that has chosen not to implement the Model Student Acceleration Policy adopted by the State Board of Education should review these materials carefully to verify that the information they contain is compatible with the acceleration policy the district has chosen to implement.
State Board of Education Resolution on Acceleration and the Model Student Acceleration Policy for Advanced Learners (PDF)
Summary of an ODE-sponsored research study of Ohio school district policies and practices related to acceleration by W. Thomas Southern, Ph.D., and Eric Jones, Ph.D. (PDF)
A newly created example of a referral form for early entrance to kindergarten or first grade may assist districts in clarifying for parents and others in the district the purpose of the early entrance acceleration option (PDF)
Acceleration Case Studies
Ohio parents and educators involved in cases of accelerated students were invited to reflect on their experiences. The following case studies reflect the views of the individuals who submitted them. Names of students, educators, and schools have been changed or removed to preserve the privacy of students and others.
- Accelerating a Fifth Grader in a Rural School (PDF)
- Completing Kindergarten and First Grade in One Year (PDF)
- Skipping Second Grade (PDF)
- A Seventh Grader Looks Back on Skipping a Grade (PDF)
- Harry Held Back - A Case of Non-Acceleration (PDF)
- Accelerating an Athlete (PDF)
- A Case of Radical Subject Acceleration in Math (PDF)
An Introduction to the Iowa Acceleration Scale
The Iowa Acceleration Scale (IAS), Third Edition, is currently the only acceleration assessment process approved by ODE for evaluating candidates for early entrance to kindergarten and whole grade acceleration for students in kindergarten through Grade 9. Dr. Susan Assouline, co-author of the IAS, describes the purpose, content and development of the Iowa Acceleration Scale.
Model Written Acceleration Plans and Templates
The Model Student Acceleration Policy for Advanced Learners calls for the creation of "written acceleration plans" for accelerated students. Below are sample acceleration plans:
- Whole-grade acceleration (PDF)
- Subject acceleration in math (PDF)
- Subject acceleration in science (PDF)
- Early high school graduation (PDF)
- Translations of the Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Model Student Acceleration Policy for Advanced Learners in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Somali and Spanish can be found here.
- Acceleration Policy FAQ Section 3324.10 of HB 79 represents a number of questions ODE has received regarding implementation of acceleration policies.
Districts that are implementing acceleration evaluation procedures often encounter questions about the best ways to evaluate students for possible acceleration through early entrance, subject acceleration, grade acceleration or early graduation from high school. The following presentations and handouts will assist districts in examining these procedures and clarifying the roles of the various evaluation committee members.
Pathways to Acceleration Signposts for the Evaluation Committee: This powerpoint presentation is designed for the district acceleration policy administrator and also the facilitator of the acceleration evaluation committee. Individual slides may be used to assist evaluation committee members in understanding their roles in determining whether or not a student is a good candidate for acceleration.
Pathways to Acceleration: This graphic “pathway” can be used as a handout to give district acceleration policy administrators facilitators of the acceleration evaluation committee a quick overview of the entire evaluation process.
Acceleration Implementation Building on Experience: This powerpoint presentation is designed to assist in the implementation of the acceleration evaluation process. It adds additional guidance for those who have used the Pathways to Acceleration presentation or implemented an acceleration evaluation process.
Acceleration Implementation Handout: The handout is a quick overview of the powerpoint presentation, Acceleration Implementation: Building on Experience, and can be used for meetings or discussions related to acceleration evaluation implementation.