This information was produced by the staff of the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development (B-BC) at the University of Iowa ( The resources and information listed here are for informational purposes; there is no direct or implied endorsement by the B-BC. Services provided by the B-BC include programs for academically talented K-12 and college students, professional development for teachers, the Assessment and Counseling Clinic, the Acceleration Institute (, and graduate programs and research in gifted education.

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The Integrated Acceleration System is your new tool for making decisions on acceleration. Manage all your team's data and communications; automatically generate and send reports. All from our online tool!

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Iowa Acceleration Scale (3rd Edition, 2009)

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The Iowa Acceleration Scale, 3rd Edition is a paper-based guide to help schools make effective decisions regarding a grade-skip.

The IAS provides:

  • A more objective look at the student;
  • An analysis of the major factors to be considered in making a decision;
  • Guidelines for weighting the relative importance of the major factors;
  • Documentation of the student’s strengths and concerns
  • A numerical range to guide the discussion and decision of acceleration; and,
  • A standard of comparison with students who have had successful accelerations.

The IAS, 3rd Ed. can be purchased from Gifted Unlimited. The proceeds from the purchase of the IAS are fully returned to Belin-Blank Center student and teacher programs. No authors of the IAS benefit financially from sales of the book.


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The Belin-Blank Center offers a 3-semester-hour graduate course on academic acceleration. The course is taught entirely online each summer. Email us for details about the class and about enrollment.

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