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State Policies in Oklahoma  

Oklahoma's state policy leaves local education agencies (LEA) to determine whether and to what extent acceleration is permitted.

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergarten

State policy does not permit early entrance to kindergarten. Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1.

Early entrance to 1st gradeState policy does not permit early entrance to 1st grade. Students must be 6 years old on or before September 1.

Whole-grade accelerationStudents may be allowed to advance if they can demonstrate proficiency in the curriculum. Some information may be available at click here.
Early high school graduationState policy is not clear regarding early graduation, the Graduation Requirements are outlined on the Oklahoma Department of Education website. 
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 universityState policy specifically permits dual enrollment in high school and college, and allows students to receive high school credit for college courses. Each LEA is responsible for determining the grade/age for dual enrollment. Information on dual/concurrent enrollment is available on the Oklahoma Department of Education Gifted and Talented Programming Options page.
Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

State policy leaves LEA to determine whether dual enrollment in middle and high school is permitted.
Advanced Placement®State policy permits. More information is available on the Oklahoma State Department of Education Advanced Placement page.
Talent Search

There is no in-state Talent Search for Oklahoma, but gifted students in OK can participate in regional and national talent searches, including those offered by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

Credit by examination/proficiency-based promotion

State policy specifically permits proficiency-based promotion, and allows graduation credit for proficiency. Each LEA determines the methods of demonstrating proficiency. The state recommends individualized instruction, correspondence courses, independent study, dual/concurrent enrollment, cross-grade grouping, cluster grouping, and grade/course advancement as advancement options after proficiency, but leaves each LEA to make 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

Oklahoma Department of Education Gifted Website
Oklahoma State Department of Education
Oklahoma Association of Gifted, Creative, & Talented

The information presented on this page was compiled from a variety of resources, including the State of the States in Gifted Education 2020-2021 (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.