State Policies in Ohio  

Ohio state policy specifically permits acceleration. Visit the Ohio Department of Education Acceleration for Advanced Learners webpage for more information about state policy and practices.

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergarten

State policy specifically permits. ORC 3321.01 states that a child who does not meet the age requirement for entering kindergarten may be evaluated for early admission upon referral by parent/guardian, educator, pediatrician or psychologist. More information is available on the Ohio Department of Education Kindergarten webpage.

Early entrance to 1st grade

State policy leaves LEA to decide. Parents/guardians, educators, pediatricians, and psychologists can make referrals for evaluation of students who do not turn 6 before the district's cut-off date, and the district will make a determination using the state acceleration policy.

Whole-grade accelerationOhio is one of few states with an acceleration policy. The Ohio Department of Education Academic Acceleration for Advanced Learners webpage offers information and PDF documents regarding the state acceleration policy. This policy allows for subject and whole-grade acceleration.
Early high school graduationOhio has alternate means of earning a high school diploma. See the Ohio graduation requirements for more information.
Early entrance to collegeState policy permits. See the college prep and early college programs webpage for more information.

Content-based Acceleration

Dual or concurrent enrollment in community college, college, or universityState policy specifically permits dual enrollment in high school and college for students in grades nine through twelve, and allows students to receive high school credit for college courses. Ohio has a Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program so that high school students may enroll in both high school and college classes. For more information, see PSEO brochure. More information on dual enrollment is available on the Ohio Department of Education college prep and early college webpage.
Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

State policy specifically permits dual enrollment in middle and high school, and allows students to receive high school credit for courses taken in middle school.
Advanced Placement®State policy permits.
Talent Search

There is no in-state Talent Search for Ohio, but gifted students in OH 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 specifically permits, and allows graduation credit for proficiency. Each LEA is ultimately responsible for determining methods of demonstrating proficiency, but the state suggests multiple choice tests, essays, lab experiments, standardized tests,  oral exams, portfolios, and performance. Advancement options after proficiency include individualized instruction, correspondence courses, independent study, dual/concurrent enrollment, cross-grade grouping, cluster grouping, grade/course advancement, individualized education programs, and internships, but the LEA makes the determination.
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

Ohio Department of Education Gifted Website
Ohio Department of Education
Ohio Association for Gifted Children

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