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State Policies in Rhode Island  

Rhode Island's state policy specifically permits acceleration.

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergarten

No state policy; up to LEA to determine whether earl entrance to kindergarten is permitted. § 16-2-27 states that all children who are five years old by September 1 of any school year can enter kindergarten.

Early entrance to 1st grade§ 16-2-28 states that all children who turn 6 on or before Sept. 1 AND have completed a state-accredited kindergarten program will be permitted to enroll in first grade. No child who has not completed kindergarten will be allowed to enter 1st grade in Rhode Island.
Whole-grade accelerationIt appears that individual schools districts retain much authority over talented and gifted. In these cases, decisions are usually made at the district level.
Early high school graduationRhode Island's state graduation requirements allow substantial latitude in their implementation. Local districts decide how these requirements are met.  State requirements do call for completion of a "senior project", but it is not clear if a student must remain in high school for the full 4 years in order to complete this requirement.
Early entrance to collegeIf you know where to find this information, please e-mail us.

Content-based Acceleration

Dual or concurrent enrollment in community college, college, or university

State 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.

Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

State policy leaves LEA to determine whether dual enrollment in middle and high school is permitted.
Advanced Placement®The Individual Learning Plan (ILP) Framework appears to support Advanced Placement opportunities.
Talent Search

There is no in-state Talent Search for Rhode Island, but gifted students in RI can participate in regional and national talent searches, including those offered by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

Credit by examination/proficiency-based promotion

No state policy; up to LEA to determine whether proficiency-based promotion is permitted. State policy specifically allows students to earn graduation credit for proficiency, and leaves LEA to 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

Rhode Island Department of Education Gifted Website
Rhode Island Department of Education

The information presented on this page was compiled from a variety of resources, including the State of the States in Gifted Education 2018-2019 (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.