The Institute for Research and Policy on Acceleration (IRPA) is dedicated to the study and support of educational acceleration for academically talented students.

We serve educators, parents, students, administrators, policy short, anyone with an interest in learning more about why and how academic acceleration works for meeting the needs of high-ability students.

A Nation Empowered

Coming Spring 2015!

A Nation Empowered: A Ten-Year Follow-up to the important Nation Deceived Report.
Edited by Susan G. Assouline, Nicholas Colangelo, Joyce VanTassel-Baska, and Ann Lupkowski Shoplik.

A Nation Deceived

A Nation Deceived is now an iBook

You can now download A Nation Deceived on your Mac or iPad from the iTunes Store.

IDEAL Solutions(R) for STEM Acceleration

IDEAL Solutions® for STEM Acceleration launches

IDEAL Solutions® for STEM Acceleration is a web-based system to determine readiness for acceleration in STEM subjects. Learn more at

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A Nation Deceived translated into 9 languages

Learn about and advocate for acceleration with this influential report. Download A Nation Deceived in English and nine other languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Hindi, and Spanish).
Print copies in English are available.

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Recommendations for writing an acceleration policy

Need help writing your school's acceleration policy? IRPA, NAGC, and the CSDPG offer recommendations in Guidelines for Developing an Academic Acceleration Policy. Read, download (in English and Korean), and request print copies of Guidelines for Developing an Academic Acceleration Policy.


Making decisions about grade skipping with the IAS

Do you have a student that might benefit from grade skipping? The Iowa Acceleration Scale (3rd ed.) is an objective decision-making guide to help a child study team consider a student's readiness for grade-based acceleration.