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Share Your Acceleration Policy Successes

Dr. Maureen Marron

Dr. Maureen Marron,
Associate Research Scientist,
Institute for Research & Policy on Acceleration

In my overview of the Institute for Research and Policy on Acceleration (see previous entry), I made special mention of IRPA’s support for districts and states to develop acceleration policies and practices.

Without a doubt, there are many current and serious conversations about education, from school budget cuts to accountability issues to the elimination of gifted programs. At the same time, there are some bright spots for gifted students all across Iowa and throughout the country, and we want to shine a spotlight on your school’s successes with acceleration policy.

We invite you to share with us how your school has made acceleration work. Is your school currently writing an acceleration policy? Does your school have an existing acceleration policy that you can share? What tips do you have for making sure that the policy is effectively implemented? Send news of your school acceleration success to me, Maureen Marron, at maureen-marron@uiowa.edu.

In turn, IRPA will share your ideas and policy links in a new “District Policies” section on the IRPA Website (www.accelerationinstitute.org/).

The Belin-Blank Center Supports Acceleration

Dr. Maureen Marron

Dr. Maureen Marron,
Associate Research Scientist,
Institute for Research & Policy on Acceleration

For over a decade, the Belin-Blank Center has been committed to advocating for academic acceleration for high-ability students. We put our support behind acceleration because it is an effective intervention that benefits high-ability students academically and socially.

Since 2006, the Institute for Research and Policy on Acceleration (IRPA) at the Belin-Blank Center has served as a central location for acceleration research and advocacy. IRPA’s activities are designed to answer three questions:

1. What is acceleration? In A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students (download at no cost), we define acceleration, report on its effectiveness, and refute misconceptions.

2. Is acceleration the right choice for my student? IRPA has created instruments, books, and guides to assist with acceleration decisions, including IDEAL® Solutions for Math Acceleration, the Iowa Acceleration Scale (3rd ed.), and Developing Math Talent (2nd ed.).

3. How can school policy be written to include acceleration? In 2009, we collaborated with the National Association for Gifted Children, and the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted to produce Guidelines for Developing an Academic Acceleration Policy.

The Guidelines document (in print or online at no cost) presents recommendations in five key areas for developing an acceleration policy and provides an easy-to-use Checklist for Developing an Academic Acceleration Policy. Contact me (maureen-marron@uiowa.edu) to make arrangements for copies to share with your school board, administrators, or attendees at your state talented-and-gifted association conference.

This is an abbreviated explanation of IRPA’s activities. Please visit www.accelerationinstitute.org to learn more about acceleration and our activities.