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State Policies in Utah  

Utah 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 kindergartenState policy does not permit. Children must be 5 by September 1 to enroll in kindergarten.

The Utah State Office of Education Preschool/Kindergarten website has a plethora of resources for parents of preschool and kindergarten students

Early entrance to 1st gradeIf you know where to find this information, please e-mail us.
Whole-grade acceleration

Gifted programming is determined at the district level, but the Utah State Office of Education outlined 5 essential components of a gifted program that include providing content differentiation ("depth, complexity, and acceleration") and appropriate pacing to meet the needs of high ability students. See the USOE Gifted & Talented Handbook for more information about identification and programming

Early high school graduation

State policy specifically permits early graduation. UT Code 53A-15-102 gives more information on graduation requirements.

Utah's Early Graduation Centennial Scholarship provides tuition scholarships for students who complete high school early. Rule R277-703 gives more information about the scholarship

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

State policy specifically permits for students in grades 10, 11, and 12, as well as for students participating in an early college program. Students are permitted to receive high school credit for college courses, and the state provides an allocation of funds for concurrent enrollment, requiring a minimal contribution on behalf of the student. UT Code 53A-15-101 and 53A-17a-120.5 address Utah state policy on dual/concurrent enrollment.

SUCCESS Academy is an early college high school in Utah.

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. Visit Utah's Office of Education website for more Advanced Placement information.
Talent Search

There is no in-state Talent Search for Utah, but gifted students in UT can participate in regional and national talent searches, including those offered by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center and the Center for Bright Kids Western Academic Talent Search (WATS).

Credit by examination/proficiency-based promotion

State policy specifically permits. The state specifies 2 methods of demonstrating proficiency: multiple choice test and end of course assessment. Each LEA is responsible for determining advancement options after students demonstrate proficiency, and state policy allows students to receive graduation credits for proficiency.
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

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

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.