Whole grade, Single Subject, Early Entrance To Kindergarten or Early High School Graduation
In accordance with the belief that all children are entitled to an education commensurate with their particular needs, students who can exceed the grade-level indicators and benchmarks set forth in the standards must be afforded the opportunity and be encouraged to do so. The Board believes that such students often require access to advanced curriculum in order to realize their potential contribution to themselves and society. All children learn and experience success given time and opportunity, but the degree to which academic content standards are met and the time it takes to reach the standards will vary from student to student. The Board believes that all students, including advanced learners, should be challenged and supported to reach their full potential. For many advanced learners, this can best be achieved by affording them access to curriculum, learning environments, and instructional interventions more commonly provided to older peers. This policy describes the process that is used for evaluating students for possible accelerated placement and identifying students who should be granted early admission to kindergarten, accelerated in one or more individual subject areas, promoted to a higher grade level than their same-age peers, and granted early graduation from high school.
Referrals and Evaluation for Acceleration, a.k.a grade skipping
However, the student may be referred and evaluated again at the next available opportunity if he/she is again referred for evaluation by an individual eligible to make referrals as described in this policy.
Acceleration Evaluation Committee
The referred student’s principal or his/her designee convenes an evaluation committee to determine the most appropriate available learning environment for the referred student. This committee is comprised of the following:
An important note of clarification
A student does not need to be identified as gifted in order to take an advanced or honors course at Tiffin Middle School. However, in order to take the Honors Math 6/7 course students must be evaluated through our ODE approved acceleration process. That process usually starts with gifted assessments (but not required to hit that 95% gifted mark), and includes other qualitative and quantitative data points. Did you know students can request consideration to accelerate over a grade level in any subject using that process if an official honors course such as Honors Math 6/7 does not exist?
Parents, teachers, or students wishing to be nominated for acceleration at TMS should complete the Acceleration Form to initiate that process.
Acceleration does not exist beyond 8th grade anywhere in Ohio, since graduation is based on credits earned. Columbian students who show interest in acceleration are encouraged to pursue credit flex opportunities as an alternate pathway.
To be clear, courses labeled as "honors" at TMS are accelerations, moving students one grade above the overall grade for that student.
While courses labeled as "honors" at Columbian are simply advanced content, not accelerations.
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