K-5 Subject Acceleration
This practice allows students to be placed in classes with older peers for a part of the day (or with materials from higher grade placements) in one or more content areas. Subject-matter acceleration or partial acceleration may be accomplished by the student either physically moving to a higher-level class for instruction (e.g., a second-grade student going to a fifth-grade reading group), or using higher-level curricular or study materials in the current classroom. Subject-matter acceleration may also be accomplished outside of the general instructional schedule (e.g., summer school or after school) or by using higher-level instructional activities on a continuous progress basis without leaving the placement with chronological-age peers.
- A teacher or parent may initiate a subject acceleration request.
- The teacher may consult with the school’s student success team for intervention ideas to determine if the student’s needs can be met by implementing classroom enrichments.
- Information is gathered from the teacher regarding student performance
- Academic Achievement Assessments = Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) and/or FAST
- Ability Assessment = Cognitive Abilities Assessment (CogAT)
- The parent, building administrator, and teacher meet to discuss results and make final decision.
- A plan for the student will be developed and signed by the parent(s), teacher, and building administrator.