Reasoning for Acceleration
As noted in Ohio's Academic Content Standards:
No individual or group should be excluded from the opportunity to learn, and all students are presumed capable of learning. Every Ohio student, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, limited English proficiency, disability, or giftedness shall have access to a challenging, standards-based curriculum.
Students in the Licking Heights School District may be accelerated using one, or more, of the following options: Whole-grade, single-subject, self-paced instruction, mentoring, curriculum compacting, advanced placement, early entrance to kindergarten, early admission to first grade, early high school graduation, early entrance to college.
The state of Ohio has mandated that each district adopt an acceleration policy. While the entire policy is not listed here, parents and teachers may have access to our district’s policy by requesting a copy from the LH school district.
When a student becomes a candidate for acceleration the Gifted Intervention Specialist will follow a clear process, as outlined in the Acceleration Policy, to evaluate the candidate based on standardized testing, parent input, teacher input, and a student interview and student input. The opinions and data gathered to support and/or deny acceleration will be extensively reviewed by a committee of the student’s principal, teacher, and the gifted intervention specialist. Upon completion of this review, the committee will offer a formal recommendation regarding the acceleration of the candidate, as noted in Ohio Administrative Code 3301-35-06.
LH Board Policy: Academic Acceleration, Early Entrance to Kindergarten, and Early High School Graduation