Alternate Placement Procedures

  • District 65 is fortunate to have a significant number of students who are high-achieving. Most students’ needs are met through high quality curriculum and instruction.

    Tables A and B below show student growth patterns amongst high-achieving students in District 65. Districts typically see 50% of students make expected gains. Any percent above 50% is higher than typical.

    Our current system indicates stronger acceleration of learning for top-performing students, as measured by student growth in MAP, than our previous programs. The tables show that students in the top decile have been more likely to make gains in the current system than they were in the old system.

    Table A: Math MAP (students above the 90th percentile only)

    Table A: Math MAP (students above the 90th percentile only)
    GRADE MAKING EXPECTED GAINS SY19 MAKING EXPECTED GAINS SY22
    5th 54 81
    6th 24 55
    7th 52 65

    *This district shifted to a detracked math program in SY21. The lower percent of students making expected gains in SY19 was during the district’s former acceleration model. The higher percentages of students making expected gains are under the district’s current model of acceleration. All numbers in this table reflect students above the 90th percentile.

    Table B: Reading MAP (students above the 90th percentile only)

    Table B: Reading MAP (students above the 90th percentile only)
    GRADE MAKING EXPECTED GAINS SY19 MAKING EXPECTED GAINS SY22
    5th 45 67
    6th 53 66
    7th 44 66

    Grade skipping and early start are unique and particular types of learning acceleration that occur only for some students who are among the highest achieving in the district. Both grade skipping and early start are considered to be forms of alternate placement.

    Historically, about 1% of students qualify for grade skipping prior to 8th grade or early start.

    Below is the district’s current process for determining eligibility for alternate placement
    Updated August 15, 2023