Thursday, February 08, 2007

Acceleration Lets Students Excel

In an article in Queue, Inc.

…School districts in Ohio were required by law to adopt an acceleration policy for this school year for advanced learners, allowing them to move through traditional curriculum faster than usual.

The state offered a model policy that districts could adopt or allowed districts to adopt a similar version. The policy covers early entrance into kindergarten, single-subject acceleration, whole-grade acceleration and early graduation. Click here for the model.

Much resistance from educators occurs because of an outdated and unfounded notion that kids who skip a grade will be harmed psychologically, said Tom Southern, a Miami University educational psychology professor who has studied acceleration
for 20 years.

In fact, Southern said, research shows that kids who are
accelerated do much better, academically, in terms of achievement.

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