Only eight states currently have a policy that specifically permits academic acceleration defined as the practice of advancing students in subjects at a rate that matches their potential and places them ahead of where they would normally be in school. Iowa is not one of those eight states. Why not? Iowa is among the other states who leave it up to the school districts to develop the practice of acceleration. Nick Colangelo and other researchers at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center are at the forefront, nationally, in trying to conduct research to demonstrate the importance of having a national policy for academic acceleration so that gifted kids aren’t left behind.