A survey of educational acceleration practices in Canada


  • Lannie Kanevsky Simon Fraser University


A nationwide survey of Canadian school districts was undertaken to determine the extent to which 18 forms of acceleration were permitted and practiced. Of the high enrollment provinces, BC school districts’ participation rates were highest in the most types of acceleration. A surprising number of districts did not allow some forms of acceleration. In most provinces and territories, options that emphasize engaging quick learners in advanced content were more often permitted than those that involved placing accelerants with older students, but the forms most often implemented included both content- and grade-based options. Québec was the exception where school districts preferred grade-based options.

Key words: Acceleration, gifted, grade skipping, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, early entrance, correspondence courses, curriculum compacting

Author Biography

Lannie Kanevsky, Simon Fraser University

Associate Professor




How to Cite

Kanevsky, L. (2011). A survey of educational acceleration practices in Canada. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue Canadienne De l’éducation, 34(3), 153–180. Retrieved from https://journals.sfu.ca/cje/index.php/cje-rce/article/view/569