The Acceleration Institute
Institute endorses academic acceleration as the most effective intervention
The Acceleration Institute serves educators, parents, students, administrators,
policy makers, state directors, and anyone who would like information about the
benefits of acceleration. The Acceleration Institute provides support for acceleration
in three key ways:
A Nation Deceived
is the 2004 watershed report by Drs. Nicholas Colangelo, Susan Assouline, and
Miraca Gross that highlights disparities between the research on acceleration and
the educational beliefs and practices that often run contrary to the research. In
2015, the Belin-Blank Center released a new report on acceleration. A Nation Empowered:
Evidence Trumps the Excuses Holding Back America’s Brightest Students revealed that
many productive activities concerning educational acceleration occurred during the
previous 11 years. Unfortunately, however, acceleration is still underutilized as
an educational intervention for gifted students. A Nation Empowered provides additional
compelling evidence about the success of acceleration, including longitudinal studies.
Implementation for making acceleration decisions
IDEAL Solutions® for STEM Acceleration
is a web-based system to determine readiness for acceleration in STEM (science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects for 3rd-7th graders.
The Iowa Acceleration
Scale (3rd ed.) is an objective decision-making guide to help a child-study
team consider a K-8 student’s readiness for grade-based acceleration.
for Developing an Academic Acceleration Policy offers recommendations for
or revising an acceleration policy.
Visit the Acceleration Institute website
all the available resources on acceleration: links to state acceleration policies,
an annotated bibliography of research articles, stories of acceleration, a PowerPoint presentation on
acceleration, and more.