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Curriculum and Instruction

Advanced Learning Programs
Whole Grade Acceleration Process Checklist
1.

Request for Grade Acceleration:

___ The Request for Consideration of Acceleration is completed by requesting parent or guardian. It is returned to the
local school.
___ A local school contact (LSC) is selected to manage the process.
___ With assistance from the classroom teacher, the LSC completes the assessment and strategies chart on the Local
School Data Review form.
2.

Review of Data:

___ A Child Study Team is convened that consists of at least one administrator, the current classroom teacher, the ALP
Lead teacher, and the LSC (if not one of the previously named staff members).
___ The committee reviews the parent information and all existing data. The classroom teacher may also use
this time to present multiple examples of the student’s in-class work.
___ The committee determines whether the child is a candidate for the whole grade acceleration process and
marks their decision on the Data Review and Request for Consideration Forms (an affirmative response requires
rationale).
___ If the committee decision is to pursue acceleration, Copies of the Request for Consideration and Local Data
Review are faxed (770-429-5884) or mailed to the ALP Office.
___The District ALP Office will review the forms and approve or deny the recommendation for consideration of
acceleration. The LSC will be contacted regarding the decision.
___ If approved, a Parental Consent for Testing form, and appropriate test materials will be sent to the LSC. Staff
at the local school are responsible for administration and scoring of mental ability, aptitude and achievement tests.
*DO NOT BEGIN TESTING UNTIL THE PARENTAL CONSENT FORM HAS BEEN RETURNED. If the parent/guardian does not
give permission for testing, return the test materials and contact the ALP Office immediately.
3. Assessment for Whole Grade Acceleration:
___ Assessment begins.
*Assessment may take place before and after school so that instruction is not disrupted and the LSC is able to continue
normal duties.
____ The mental abilities test is administered first. If a mental abilities assessment has been given within that
school year, the composite SAS (standard age score) will be used.
____The composite score is then communicated to the ALP office by email. This email should include the child’s
name and score. The ALP office will determine and communicate next steps at this time. *The IAS requires an
Intellectual Quotient of >115 be obtained on the mental abilities evaluation for mental abilities. If the composite score is
less than 115, consideration for acceleration stops here. If the score is >115, an IAS summary and scoring booklet will be
sent to the LSC.
___ LSC determines that all other critical items are met (IAS section III, pg. 4).
___ The LSC creates a schedule for aptitude and achievement testing.

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___ The aptitude test is administered second.
___ The achievement is administered last. It may NOT be needed - *If the percentile score for a subtest on the
aptitude test is greater than 90%ile, the achievement subtest for that area will not need to be administered and the full
2 points will be given in achievement for that subtest. If a nationally normed has been given within a year, the data will
be used.
___ The AAAA Subscale score (p.9) is greater than or equal to 10. If this score is not received, the process ends
as the student will NOT be considered for acceleration.
___ The LSC completes the IAS Form booklet as testing proceeds. This form may require collaboration among
many people including classroom teacher, Gifted Lead teacher (if the child is gifted), parents, counselor, etc.
4. Compiling and reviewing the data:
___ Once all testing and the IAS Form is complete; the LSC transfers the information to the IAS Summary and Planning
Record and the Acceleration Assessment Results form. *A minimum of 46 points is required for acceleration.
___ The LSC schedules a meeting of the Child Study Team and the parents/guardians.
A child study team generally consists of an administrator, the current classroom teacher, the potential receiving teacher, the
counselor (if potential for acceleration), the ALP Lead teacher, the LSC, and the ALP Supervisor if desired.
The ALP supervisor and a receiving school administrator must attend if a school building change is required (child is
accelerating from elementary to middle or middle to high).

___A copy of the Acceleration Assessment Results form was provided for each member attending the meeting
and then destroyed after the meeting.
___ The committee reviewed the information and discussed each team member’s feedback regarding
acceleration of the student.
___ A placement decision is made and the IAS Summary and Planning Record is completed in full.
___If acceleration is pursued, the student advances on a probationary status. A review date is scheduled 6
weeks later so that committee members can ensure the acceleration is successful. At that time a final determination
regarding long-term acceleration is made.
5. Recordkeeping and Management of files:
___ The LSC returns all non-consumable test materials to the ALP office. Consumable items stay at the local school.
Remove all student information and used test booklets from the test packet when returning materials to the ALP office.
___ The LSC sends copies of the IAS Summary and Planning Record (p. 1-4) and completed Test Security form to the ALP
office.
___ The original IAS is placed in the student permanent record.
___ The LSC maintains a file with the original copies of the Request for Consideration of Whole Grade Acceleration, Local
Data Review for Whole Grade Acceleration Request, Parental Consent for Above-Grade Acceleration Testing, and
Acceleration Assessment Results forms.

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