ACCEL Information for Parents

What is the ACCEL Bill?

In the summer of 2012, the Florida Senate passed HB 7059, also known as the Academically Challenging Curriculum to Enhance Learning, or ACCEL, Bill. The goal of the bill was to ensure that students (not just gifted) who need it have opportunities to take challenging or accelerated courses. Here are your student's educational rights from Florida Statue 1002.3105, the ACCEL Bill.

Acceleration Options

Students may receive acceleration at any grade level.

Whole-Year or Mid-Year Acceleration: A common form of acceleration in the Elementary levels, this is when a student "skips" a year or is promoted to the next grade either at the start of or during the school year. Each school has their own requirements for this acceleration, but parents can request this acceleration, which will then be reviewed by the school's MTSS committee.

Compacted or Telescoped Curriculum: Students in advanced courses from kindergarten through twelfth grade can be placed in a course with a gifted-endorsed teacher who is trained in compacting (reducing time spent on standards when mastery is achieved) or telescoping (adding enrichment activities to support standards) curriculum to keep a high achieving student challenged and engaged in the learning process.

Subject-Matter Acceleration
: This is when a student is accelerated in a specific subject, such as taking above-level mathematics in elementary, Algebra and Geometry in middle school, and advanced Calculus in high school.

Dual Enrollment: Available at the middle and high school levels, this is when a student takes credit courses from the next level of educational institution. For middle schools students, this can mean taking high school courses such as Algebra I, Biology or World History, and for high school students, this means taking courses at DE Partners, including Valencia, the University of Florida, and the University of Central Florida.

Credit Acceleration Program (CAP): If your student passes a statewide assessment or standardized end-of-course assessment (EOC) without taking a course, they will receive the credit for the corresponding course. The qualifying courses include: Algebra I, Geometry, US History, Biology I.

These options are available at each school for students for students who meet the eligibility requirements.

If you are interested in having your student pursue any of these forms of acceleration, contact your school principal to discuss student eligibility and procedural requirements.  

Early Graduation

Students who qualify can graduate early in the following methods:

24-Credit Early Graduation: A student who has 24 credits (and qualifying coursework, passing test scores) before the final semester of their senior year may graduate once they have completed the requirements. This may occur if a student takes dual enrollment during their middle school years. This option allows students to graduate in under the standard eight semesters.

18-Credit ACCEL Early Graduation: This option waives the requirements for physical education, taking an online course, and 5-credit hours of electives. Students must complete all other graduation requirements.

To ask if your student qualifies for an early graduation option, or to learn more about the requirements for graduation, please contact either your school principal, or your student's guidance counselor.

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