State Policies in Ohio  

Ohio state policy explicitly allows acceleration.
Ohio is one of the few states with a specific acceleration policy: Model Student Acceleration Policy for Advanced Learners (FAQs regarding the Model).

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergartenState policy specifically permits. “A parent may request early admission to kindergarten if the child turns age 5 after the district’s kindergarten entrance date (August 1/Sept. 30) and before January 1. The local board of education shall determine entrance through a standardized testing program (ORC 3321.01).” Guidance About Kindergarten
Early entrance to 1st gradeState policy leaves LEA to decide.
"Beginning with the 2001 school year, school district boards may choose to adopt either the first day of August or the thirtieth day of September as the date by which a child must be…6 years of age to be admitted to first grade."
"No school district shall admit a child to first grade that has not successfully completed kindergarten. Upon request of a parent, the requirement may be waived by the district’s pupil personnel services committee in the case of a child who is at least 6 years old by the district’s entrance date (August 1/Sept. 30) of the year of admittance and who demonstrates, to the satisfaction of the committee, that he or she possesses the social, emotional and cognitive skills necessary for first grade. "
From Guidance About Kindergarten
Whole-grade accelerationState policy permits.
As noted in the section on gifted legislation, Ohio is one of the few states with an acceleration policy. Model Student Acceleration Policy for Advanced Learners

Ohio allows subject and whole-grade acceleration. The state's testing and decision-making procedures for this kind of acceleration are described in Acceleration Testing Policy for Subject-Accelerated Students.

Early high school graduationOhio has alternate means of earning a high school diploma: What It Takes to Earn an Ohio Diploma.
Early entrance to collegeState policy permits.
College Prep and Early College Programs for High School Students

Content-based Acceleration

Dual or concurrent enrollment in community college, college, or universityState policy specifically permits for students in grades nine through twelve.
Ohio has a specific Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program so that high school students may enroll in both high school and college classes. For more information, see College Prep and Early College Programs for High School Students.
Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

State policy specifically permits.
Advanced Placement®State policy permits.
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Credit by examination/proficiency-based promotion

State policy specifically permits.
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

State of the States in Gifted Education 2008-2009 (NAGC & CSDPG, 2009)
Ohio Department of Education Gifted Website
State department of education: Ohio Department of Education
State gifted association: Ohio Association for Gifted Children

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