Illinois Accelerated Placement Act
Note: The student acceleration process is currently suspended as the District defines a process for accessing students that is feasible during the COVID-19 remote learning window. An update will be posted by August 1, 2020.
District 65 believes that all students across the achievement spectrum should be challenged and supported to develop their potential. For most students this level of challenge can be provided with high quality curriculum and differentiation within a current grade assignment. In limited situations, students requiring a higher level of instruction may be best served by affording them access to curricula and learning environments more commonly provided to older students.
District 65 complies with the Illinois Accelerated Placement Act (Public Act 100-0421). “Accelerated placement” is the placement of a student at the instructional level that best matches that student’s needs by allowing access to a curriculum that is usually reserved for children who are older or in higher grades than the student. Accelerated placement options must include, but need not be limited to, early entrance to kindergarten and first grade, individual subject acceleration, and whole grade acceleration. Accelerated placement is not limited to those students who have been identified as gifted and talented, but rather is open to all students who demonstrate high ability and who may benefit from accelerated placement. Eligibility for accelerated placement shall also be open to all students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, English language proficiency, or socioeconomic status.
- “Early entrance to kindergarten” is the admission of a student to kindergarten who will not yet be five years old by September 1 of that school year.
- “Early entrance to first grade” is the admission of a student to first grade who will not yet be six years old by September 1 of that school year and who has not completed kindergarten. Students who are younger than six upon starting first grade but who were admitted early to kindergarten do not need to be reevaluated prior to admission to first grade.
- “Individual subject acceleration” is the practice of assigning a student to specific content at a higher instructional level than is typical given the student’s grade for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities in one or more subject areas.
- “Whole grade acceleration” is the practice of assigning a student to a higher grade level than is typical given the student’s age on a full-time basis for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities.
The District 65 process includes a review of acceleration requests, engagement with multiple stakeholders, assessment of the student and the learning environment's ability to meet the needs of the student and ultimately leads to a student placement that is deemed to best meet the needs of the student.
If you are interested in further information regarding these acceleration options, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.