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    #24079 08/27/08 09:18 AM
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    Is it common for a school district to have no policy in place on acceleration of grade levels. The only policy my son's district seem to have is that their policy is they do not skip children up, period. Is this common or unusual? I will later explain my problem but i wanted to see if any of you have come across this. It seems strange to not even have an evaluation procedure but to just say its "not our policy" The reason behind it is that they would have other children that are intelligent and have high standardized test scores to follow suit and make the same request. I am like well wouldn't that be a good thing and not a deterrent???

    Please advise with your thoughts. All feedback is welcomed and appreciated.

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    This is common in public schools; private schools are more open to grade skipping.

    Ex. Last year I was frustrated with my son's situation and called a public school that's down the road from us about a mile. We're just outside the boundaries for this school, but we're close, and I'd been told it was a great school. I talked to the principal and he told me he was against the idea on principle. He didn't ask about my son's academic abilities, but he did make sure to ask if I let him play outside and implied that I was doing nothing but forcing him to learn mathematics and spelling. Argh.

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    Shar,
    From my experience it is very common to have no formal policy about grade skips but an informal written in blood on a stone policy that it can not be allowed. Lots of persistence and squeaky wheel syndrome may help smile
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    Our district has a procedure for acceleration but it is lengthy, convoluted and not publicized in any way. Our principal seems to have glossed over a few steps for DS.

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    Maybe its a regional thing but in the south texas in particualr grade skips required only that a child prove exceptional. A gifted child warranted a tranfer into a more challenging programs and sometimes more challenging school. i have found this to be true in VA, MD, and PA as well.

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    What constitutes "exceptional" though? Is that detailed in the procedure?


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    Yes, I have to admit, I can't believe it's all that easy...I e-know too many people from those states who have been through the wringer!


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    yes, we decided we'd rather not send our children through the wringer, it's just not healthy! wink

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    Plus they come out all flat and dry...


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    Nice one Kriston...

    DW said to me the other night ... how did she put it ... DS is going to be viewed in a particular light because he skipped K (first in our SD). So he's going to have to do everything better than everyone else just to prove that he belongs there. Not unlike how others who have been discriminated against for race or gender have had to do countless times in the past. Prove that they weren't handed a gift...

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