Acceleration

This page includes a collection of links to information and articles relating to acceleration that may be of interest to parents and teachers of gifted children.

You will find further information and links about visual spatial learners in The Beginner’s Guide to Life on the Bright Side and also in Gifted Children: Resources for Parents and Teachers in WA.

The Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students  by Nicholas Colangelo, Susan G. Assouline, Miraca U. M. Gross (2004)
A copy of this book can be downloaded free of charge from the website. Hard  copy orders are also available from time to time.

America’s schools routinely avoid academic acceleration, the easiest and most  effective way to help highly capable students. While the popular perception is  that a child who skips a grade will be socially stunted, fifty years of research  shows that moving bright students ahead often makes them happy. This report  shows that these reasons frequently given for avoiding acceleration are simply  not supported by research. By distributing thousands of copies and launching a  public-awareness campaign, the Nation Deceived report provides teachers and  parents the knowledge, support, and confidence to consider acceleration.

This is an excellent resource for parents and teachers, with the important points summarised in one volume and the research to support those points in another.

The Acceleration Institute

Re-location or Re-placement? Using Grade Skipping to achieve a more appropriate placement by Helen Dudeney

The Durr Parable on Acceleration