How Do You Know if Acceleration is the Right Choice?
Determining whether or not to accelerate a child can feel overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be great if you could systematically account for all the important factors and automatically generate a report about whether acceleration would be a good fit for a particular student?
Introducing the Integrated Acceleration System
The Integrated Acceleration System, an online tool developed by leading researchers in gifted education, guides participants through the integration of information about acceleration. Informed by decades of research, the Integrated Acceleration System includes all of the major factors to consider when making a decision and produces a report about readiness for one of the many forms of acceleration, including grade-skipping, early entrance to kindergarten, subject acceleration, and early entrance to college.
The Integrated Acceleration System is designed for users in the United States. However, the flexible framework can be applied to international educational systems.
How It Works
Designed to be used by a team of educators and parents, the Integrated Acceleration System generates recommendations about readiness for one of the many forms of acceleration, including:
A student moves to a grade that best matches ability rather than age.
Early Entrance to Kindergarten
A child starts school at a younger age than typical.
A student needs additional challenge in a particular subject area.
Early Entrance to College
A student begins college a year or more early.
My daughter's school brought up the idea of her skipping a grade. We were reluctant to the idea at first, (but) we made the choice to have her skip 5th grade. She has excelled beyond our expectations!
A team approach is essential for making grade-skipping decisions. The team consists of parents/guardians, educators, and school administrators. The cost of the Integrated Acceleration System can be covered by the parents/guardians, if the school does not have funds allocated. If parents/guardians cover the cost, an educator at their child’s school must still serve as the "facilitator". The facilitator coordinates the data collection and the team meeting. The meeting always includes parents/guardians.
Sample Supplemental Resources
Ready for Answers?
The Integrated Acceleration System gives you the power to make confident, research-driven decisions.
Still have questions about the Integrated Acceleration System, or acceleration in general? Check out the resources listed on the Acceleration Institute website, blogs about the Integrated Acceleration System, or email us!
In order for the Integrated Acceleration System to generate a report you'll need:
- The student in question and a child study team comprised of a facilitator, parent/guardian, current teacher, and future teacher
- Information about the student, such as demographics and current achievement, cognitive ability, and specific aptitude tests
- About one hour for a meeting with the child study team
To the parent: After you have talked with someone at school who has agreed to be the facilitator for the Integrated Acceleration System process, include this information in a follow-up email to that individual. We recommend that you copy the school principal in all communications.
Dear [name of facilitator],
We spoke recently about considering [my child] for a discussion about academic acceleration. The Integrated Acceleration System is an online tool developed by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center that guides participants through a process of data collection and discussion about acceleration for an individual student. Informed by decades of research, the Integrated Acceleration System includes all the major factors to consider when making such a placement decision and produces a report about readiness for academic acceleration.
This link provides some basic information about the process. Additional information for administrators is also available. After you have had the opportunity to learn more about the process and are ready to begin,
- Go to http://accelerationsystem.org/Account/Register and create an account. You will be the "facilitator" of the process.
- Click the Get Started button.
- Select the System Type (grade skip) and
- Click Send Invoice to Parent/Guardian.
- After the payment is made, you (as the facilitator) will receive an email notifying you of the payment and you can begin using the Integrated Acceleration System.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.