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Single Subject Acceleration

Single Subject Acceleration is back! The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Board of Education defines acceleration as allowing a student to move through traditional educational organizations more rapidly, based on readiness and motivation. Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) is the practice of assigning a student to a higher-grade level than is typical, given the student's age, for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities in either math OR English/language arts. 

Is Your Student a Good Candidate for SSA?

  • Consider your student's social and emotional maturity. Your student will be taking classes with peers who may be older or your student will be working on their own
  • Consider your student's organizational skills and ability to focus
  • Your student will be skipping an entire year's worth of content and background knowledge. Your student's AIG teacher and content area teachers are not responsible for covering any content your student skipped as a result of receiving SSA services. 
  • If your student qualifies for SSA in math or ELA, some courses take place online. During the school day, students participate in these courses. Though they are not self-paced, students work independently during their online lessons. 
  • In order to ensure your student receives the classes in the area where SSA is taking place, it may result in schedule adjustments where lunch and/or electives may be with different grade levels or classes than what is assigned. 
  • If you have any school-related questions or concerns, please communicate with the SSA Contact at your student's school to discuss your request. 

SSA Assessment Information

Assessment for SSA will include an above grade level comprehensive Acceleration Assessment to establish mastery of the foundational skills and content the course requires. Specifically: 

  • A 1st-7th grade student in mathematics MUST earn a minimum of 80% accuracy on the Acceleration Assessment. The assessments have open response questions. 
  • In English/language arts, students MUST earn ≥85% on the Acceleration Assessment AND score a level 3 on a centrally-scored writing prompt for middle school. 
  • Prior to the exams, students may review the content standards for the course or subject area that they are seeking to demonstrate mastery in. 
  • Acceleration assessment scores will be reported as "percent correct". 
  • Due to test security, items on the test will not be able to be reviewed on any Acceleration Assessment. There will not be a breakdown of questions/standards missed available. 

ALL DECISIONS ARE FINAL. Eligibility to accelerate is based on meeting the above criteria. Students who do not meet the above criteria for SSA will have an opportunity to test again during the spring of 2021 for the next school year or to participate in the Credit by Demonstrated Mastery process for high school courses. 

Test Request Deadlines and Testing Windows

  • Test Request Deadline: March 23-March 27, 2020
    • No test requests will be accepted after March 27, 2020
    • Contact Ms. Bonham West at rwest2@wcpss for a Test Request Form
  • Testing Window: April 20-April 30, 2020
    • No test requests are accepted during the testing window

Contact your MMS SSA Contact, Ms. Bonham West, at with any questions or concerns. 

Rebecca Bonham West