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Cashman proposes acceleration changes

Gifted and Talented coordinator Brian Cashman proposed that Red Wing School Ddistrict changes its single subject acceleration policy Monday evening.

Cashman told the School Board that the current district policy for acceleration relies basically on student ability when determining if a child should be moved up. In addition, he said it doesn't clearly identify staff roles in initiating acceleration or monitoring accelerated students.

Cashman proposed that the district instead consider multiple factors -- including ability, aptitude, age, maturity level and behavior -- before advancing the student.

"There's more flexibility in looking at all the data rather than just single data point," Cashman said.

He also proposed multiple-step decision process that includes multiple staff members to determine if a student should be accelerated. Cashman's proposal also would include a built-in review process to continually measure students' success.