New Research on Grade-Skipping and Acceleration for Exceptional Learners

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From NPR:

“Researchers at the University of Iowa cite one pervasive, unsubstantiated myth: That jumping ahead is bad for students, even high-achieving ones. There’s a powerful belief that placing younger children in classes with older, larger, more developed kids may do more harm than good.

Their report, “A Nation Empowered,” summarizes decades of research pointing to the positive impact acceleration can have on some students.

“There’s this huge paradox out there where we know acceleration works, but we have actual policies against it,” says Susan Assouline, one of the authors.

The Iowa research comes on the heels of another report, from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (a supporter of NPR), that cites how state policies hinder the advancement of low-income, gifted students.”

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The Teenage Brain ~ New Research

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From NPR:

“Teens can’t control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?

Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.

“Teenagers are not as readily able to access their frontal lobe to say, ‘Oh, I better not do this,’ ” Dr. Frances Jensen tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross.”

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