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Full Grade Acceleration

Full Grade Acceleration

Full-Grade Acceleration (K-8)

The state of Minnesota requires districts to have a policy on acceleration (Minn. Stat. §120B.15 (c)). Minneapolis Public Schools uses a research-based protocol for evaluating students for full-grade acceleration, the Iowa Acceleration Scale. Through this process, assessment criteria include:

  • Measure of academic achievement
  • Measure of academic aptitude
  • Measure of intellectual ability
  • Social, emotional, psychomotor considerations
  • The evaluation process involves a school-based team, which includes:
  • District staff from talent development
  • Building principal
  • Grade level teacher
  • Acceleration grade level teacher
  • School counselor/psychologist (if available)


Parents meet with principal and district staff to initiate the evaluation process and at the conclusion when findings are presented. The evaluation team is made up of school site and District staff. 

Students may be referred for evaluation for full grade acceleration by a parent or teacher.  Referral forms included in the K-8 Full Grade Acceleration Guide. Before submitting a referral, please review the accompanying materials about the challenges and benefits from the research about acceleration.