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State Policies in Missouri  

Missouri does not have a state policy on acceleration. Local education agencies (LEAs) determine whether and to what extent acceleration is permitted.

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergartenState policy does not permit early entrance to kindergarten. Missouri Revised Statute 160.053.1 states that students must be 5 years old on or before August 1 to enroll in kindergarten.
Early entrance to 1st gradeMRS 160.053 states that students who are 6 years old on or before August 1, and students who have completed an accredited kindergarten program (regardless of age) will be permitted to enroll in 1st grade.
Whole-grade accelerationMissouri's General Administrative Procedures For Gifted Programs state that “Districts should provide gifted students with an educational environment beyond that offered in the regular classroom setting for superior students and which is designed to meet the identified needs of gifted students. The educational needs of gifted students which are not met by the regular grade level program for superior students will require (1) a differentiated instructional program which accommodates higher cognitive processes and concepts, (2) teaching methods appropriate for their advanced abilities and individual styles of learning, and (3) flexible administrative arrangements needed to implement the program.”
Early high school graduationMissouri's State Graduation Requirements Handbook outlines the requirements and options for high school graduation in Missouri.
Early entrance to collegeThe Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing at Northwest Missouri State University is a two-year, residential early entrance program for students who have completed their sophomore year of high school.

Content-based Acceleration

Dual or concurrent enrollment in community college, college, or universityState policy specifically permits dual enrollment in high school and college, and allows students to receive high school credit for college courses. Each LEA determines the earliest grade/age for dual enrollment. Washington University in St. Louis offers Summer Scholars programs that allow middle school and high school students to take college courses and earn college credit.
Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

State policy specifically permits dual enrollment in middle and high school, and allows students to receive graduation credit for courses taken in middle school.
Advanced Placement®State policy permits, and more information is available on the Missouri Department of Education Advanced Placement page.
Talent Search

There is no in-state talent search program in Missouri, but gifted students in MO can participate in regional and national talent search programs such as those offered by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center or the Duke University Talent Identification Program.

Credit by examination/proficiency-based promotion

State policy specifically permits proficiency-based promotion, and allows students to receive graduation credit for demonstrating proficiency. Each LEA is responsible for determine methods of demonstrating proficiency and advancement options after proficiency.
Other forms of content-based acceleration

Typically left to LEAs to determine. If you know of state-level code, please e-mail us.

Additional Information

Missouri Department of Education Gifted Website
Missouri Department of Education
Gifted Association of Missouri
The Gifted Resource Council provides programs and resources for gifted children in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.

The information presented on this page was compiled from a variety of resources, including the State of the States in Gifted Education 2012-2013 (a report by the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children), Websites, professional literature, and personal communication. The Acceleration Institute has not verified the accuracy of this information and does not warrant its accuracy or fitness of use for any purpose. Users should verify information prior to taking any action. Furthermore, the appearance of selected programs and/or resources does not imply an endorsement or affiliation. Programs and resources are highlighted for informational purposes only.