Iowa Acceleration Scale   

A Guide for Whole-Grade Acceleration K-8 (2nd Edition, Manual)


Author(s): Susan G. Assouline, Ph.D., Nicholas Colangelo, Ph.D., Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ph.D., Jonathan Lipscomb, Ph.D., Leslie Forstadt, Ph.D.

*Includes ONLY the IAS Manual


Designed to take personal bias out of the decision-making process when considering a child for whole-grade acceleration, the IAS was developed and piloted by the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa. It ensures that acceleration decisions are systematic, thoughtful, well-reasoned, defensible, and as objective as possible. Educators considering using the IAS should read the Manual in its entirety. It contains important information about how and when to use the IAS and discusses who should be on the child-study team (parents, for example), how the process works, and more. In addition, it includes case studies and sample Forms. In one case study, the team reaches a decision to skip the child ahead one full grade. In another, the decision is made not to skip the child a grade, but instead to offer the child other academic enrichment to provide an appropriate level of challenge. Each case is unique, and the IAS helps parents and educators reach the best solution for each individual child.

The second edition features:

  • Clearer specifications for appropriate achievement and ability tests
  • The inclusion of results from aptitude tests
  • An enhanced and clarified scoring system
  • New case examples of student acceleration
  • Updated references about current acceleration research studies


Length: 90 pages
ISBN 10 digit: 0-910707-55-3
ISBN 13 digit: 978-0-910707-55-8


Price: $65.95


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