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State Policies in Indiana  

Indiana does not have a state policy on acceleration. Local education agencies (LEA) determine whether and to what extent acceleration is permitted.

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergarten

No state policy; up to LEA to determine whether early entrance to kindergarten is permitted.

In general, students must be 5 on or before August 1st to enroll in kindergarten. However, Indiana Code 20-33-2-7 allows for an appeals process for younger students to be undertaken at the local level. The Indiana Department of Education issued a memorandum regarding kindergarten entrance law to provide guidelines for that appeals process, but each LEA develops its own process. 

Early entrance to 1st gradeThere is no statewide eligibility date for first grade. Instead, state policy assigns responsibility to each LEA to determine the appropriate grade placement, based on educational factors, for a student who has not completed kindergarten.
Whole-grade accelerationIf you know where to find this information, please e-mail us.
Early high school graduationIC 20-36-5 specifically permits a waiver of minimum number of semesters required for graduation in order to allow students to graduate high school early. Information about high school graduation requirements, and the four types of diplomas Indiana students have to option to earn, can be found on the Department of Education Diploma Requirements page.
Early entrance to collegeIf you know where to find this information, please e-mail us.

Content-based Acceleration

Dual or concurrent enrollment in community college, college, or university

Mo state policy; up to LEA to determine whether dual enrollment in high school and college is permitted. More information can be found in the Indiana Department of Education Dual Credit FAQ.

The University of Indianapolis created a network of Early College High Schools in Indiana to serve students who are historically underrepresented in higher education, such as racial and ethnic minorities, students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation college students, and English language learners.

Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

No state policy; up to LEA to determine whether and to what extent dual enrollment in middle and high school is permitted, and whether high school credits are awarded for courses taken during middle school.
Advanced Placement®State policy permits. For more information, see the Indiana Department of Education Advanced Placement Program page.
Talent Search

There is no in-state Talent Search for Indiana, but gifted students in IN can participate in regional and national talent searches, including those offered by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center and the Northwestern University Center for Talent Development

Credit by examination/proficiency-based promotion

State policy leaves LEA to determine whether proficiency-based promotion is permitted. IC 20-36-5 provides more information on proficiency-based promotion in IN.

Other forms of content-based acceleration

Typically left to LEAs to determine. If you know of state-level code, please e-mail us.

Additional Information

Indiana Department of Education Office of High Ability Education
Indiana Department of Education
Indiana Association for the Gifted

The information presented on this page was compiled from a variety of resources, including the State of the States in Gifted Education 2012-2013 (a report by the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children), Websites, professional literature, and personal communication. The Acceleration Institute has not verified the accuracy of this information and does not warrant its accuracy or fitness of use for any purpose. Users should verify information prior to taking any action. Furthermore, the appearance of selected programs and/or resources does not imply an endorsement or affiliation. Programs and resources are highlighted for informational purposes only.