- Paperback: 146 pages
- Publisher: Great Potential Pr., Inc.; 3 edition (February 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0910707928
- ISBN-13: 978-0910707923
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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The Iowa Acceleration Scale was an amazing tool for us. We didn't need forms (and I'm glad we didn't have to pay for them!) to run the Scale for our child using the testing information we already had, as well as a knowledge of her school and outside-of-school activities and interests. In our case, we assumed the answers for the school questions (support from teachers and school) would be non-existing; we didn't want to make our decision based on something we weren't sure would materialize.
The Iowa Scale considered everything, from her size to her age compared to grade-peers, to her role in her outside-of-school activities and her position in the family sibling structure. When we had completed the Iowa Scale we were certain we had considered everything we could, and we were making an informed decision.
The great thing is, the Iowa Scale takes an emotional decision--whether or not to grade-skip a child--and turns it into a number answer. The child may be an excellent candidate, a good candidate, or perhaps only a borderline candidate or less... but even then, the scale offers research and other solutions to help that candidate with appropriate educational options, other than full grade acceleration.
In our case, the Iowa Scale resoundingly recommended Acceleration. This gave us the confidence knowledge to move forward with a full-grade acceleration for our daughter, not once, but multiple times over 7 years. For profoundly gifted kids, parents might find themselves using the scale more than once, and doing so is just as simple as the first time.
As a gifted supporter, I've heard of schools using the Iowa Acceleration Scale to make informed recommendations as part of a full-grade acceleration planning team. In this way, both school and parents can be confident that they have considered all the options, and know whether the child is likely to be a successful candidate in grade acceleration.
There were a few basic things that I disagreed with in the Iowa Scale. At the onset, the scale looked at the child's position in the family, and denied acceleration automatically for a child moving into or out of the same grade as a sibling. I don't think that kind of decision is that easy. In some families, this might be the right "rule" but in other families, each child's education is an individual question, and those parents would never sacrifice the potential accelerated education of one child due to the social situation of another child. This is a very personal and family-specific decision that should be decided by the family.
But I do agree that, if the child is against the full-grade acceleration, it should not happen. A child who isn't ready to skip grades for any reason can make a grade-skip a failure, and should never be pushed. The Iowa Scale is firm on this.
As you can tell, I love the Iowa Acceleration Scale, and highly recommend it to any family considering a full-grade acceleration for their child, if your school doesn't already use the Iowa Scale. For schools, the Iowa Scale is a great way to both qualify appropriate candidates for full-grade acceleration, and to find alternative educational plans for those students who need some acceleration, but are not good candidates for full-grade acceleration.
There are examples for both recommended and not recommended acceleration. I, and it seems like everyone else who buys this book, wish it included a blank form, because all the forms are filled-in examples. A blank form is available separately and worthwhile, but it appears targeted to schools/districts and may only be available in sets of ten.
During a discussion with one of the authors, I asked about multiple grade skips. She answered that they recommend one grade skip at a time, but after a successful skip, the same criteria (applied at the next grade level) could be used to determine if another skip is recommended.
I've used this guide twice to determine if a student is a candidate for being advanced a grade level or subject-accelerated a grade level. The guide is easy to understand, and explains in plain terms the reasoning behind eligibility. The IAS is meant to be used by an educator (preferably a gifted-and-talented teacher) to guide the staff, administration, and family through the IAS form (to be purchased separately).
I absolutely recommend this Manual. You won't find anything better!
I was disappointed that the forms that are used with this book cost extra to purchase; the forms included are samples only.