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State Policies in Wisconsin  

Wisconsin's state policy specifically permits acceleration. New report on acceleration

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergarten

State policy specifically permits early entrance to kindergarten; LEA determine guidelines for implementation.

In general, students must be 5 years old by September 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten. However, according to Wis. Stat. Sec. 120.12(25), LEA may set procedures, conditions, and standards for early entrance to kindergarten. While Wisconsin offers a "four-year-old kindergarten", that would not be considered acceleration because it is open to all four-year-olds regardless of gifts/talents, and students are still required to complete five-year-old kindergarten (or request acceleration) prior to enrolling in 1st grade.

Early entrance to 1st gradeWis. Stat. Sec. 120.12(25) provides LEA the power to set procedures, conditions, and standards for early entrance to 1st grade.
Whole-grade accelerationAny LEA can make the decision to accelerate (or not accelerate) a student. For more information on acceleration in Wisconsin, see this Continuum of Services that guides gifted programming in the state.
Early high school graduationState policy permits, if the student has met the graduation requirements outlined in Wisconsin Statute 118.33(1).
State Gifted School Conserve School
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 dual enrollment beginning in grade 9. Certain dual/concurrent enrollment programs (such as the Youth Option Program in Wisconsin Statute 118.55) are limited to students in grades 11 and 12. High school credit can be given for college courses across the state. Additional information on programs enabling students to earn college credit in high school can be found in the Summary of Options published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

State policy specifically permits dual enrollment in middle and high school, but does not allow students to receive high school credit for courses taken during middle school.
Advanced Placement®State policy permits. Information about accessing Advanced Placement courses, as well as International Baccalaureate and other credit-by-examination programs, can be found in the Summary of Options published by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Talent Search

There is no in-state Talent Search for Wisconsin, but gifted students in WI 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 proficiency-based promotion, and leaves LEA to determine what methods are used to demonstrate proficiency. Each LEA is also left to determine advancement options after proficiency, and state policy specifically permits students to receive graduation credit for proficiency. Read more about policies regarding proficiency-based exemptions to graduation requirements in 118.33(1).
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


Advanced and Accelerated Learning in Wisconsin (2020 report on acceleration)

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Gifted/Talented Home
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Wisconsin Association for Talented & 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.