Validity Study of the Integrated Acceleration System

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Validity Study of the Integrated Acceleration SystemAnn Lupkowski-Shoplik, Brandon LeBeau, & Susan G. Assouline

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm, Lawrence D. McHugh Hall, Room MCHU 202

The Integrated Acceleration System (System) is an interactive, online educational product developed by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center to integrate the primary educational, developmental, and individual/environmental factors involved in deciding if academic acceleration is an optimal match for a given student. These factors are incorporated into an individual report about a student’s readiness for grade-skipping (acceleration), including early entrance to kindergarten. Readiness for acceleration is reported on a continuum from “do not accelerate” to “optimal.” The purpose of this study was to evaluate the structure of the System, how effectively the individual items contribute to the recommendation regarding whole-grade acceleration as an educational intervention, and how the individual items can be grouped to create relevant subscales.