• 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.


    1. A teacher, parent or student may initiate a subject acceleration request.
    2. 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.
    3. Information is gathered from the teacher regarding student performance
      1. Academic Achievement Assessments = Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA)  and/or FAST
      2. Ability Assessment = Cognitive Abilities Assessment (CogAT)
    4. The parent, building administrator, and teacher meet to discuss results and make final decision.
    5. A plan for the student will be developed and signed by the parent(s), teacher, and building administrator.