State Policy

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  • Notes from the Field

    • Approximately 40-50% of traditional classroom material could be eliminated for targeted students in one or more of the following content areas: mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies.
    • When teachers eliminated as much as 50% of the regular curriculum for gifted students, no differences in the out-of-level post achievement test (ITBS) results between treatment and control groups were found in reading, math computation, social studies, and spelling.

    Two results from Reis et al. (1993)


    Voices of Acceleration

    …Our son was very upset that when birthdays would happen, classmates would be turning an age that was so much older that he was. I reminded him that even if he had stayed in his old class he would still have been youngest. Someone has to be. I also asked him to think about how weird it feels to be the child turning a year OLDER than everyone else… More…

    Mom in St. Joseph, MO