educational progress at a rate faster than usual through a variety of measures, such as strengthening or compacting the curriculum, accelerating instruction in particular subject areas, or grade skipping. These measures are designed to provide gifted students with work more ideally suited to their abilities. Grade acceleration is thought by some to represent a potential disadvantage if the student’s social and emotional development is lagging behind his or her intellectual development. Careful assessment of intellectual ability, educational achievement, and social, emotional, and physical development is essential prior to acceleration of one or more grades. Also called scholastic acceleration.