Accelerated Placement Program Early Entrance- Kindergarten, First Grade, Whole Grade, and Single Subject
Accelerated Placement Program
Accelerated placement involves the placement of a student in an educational setting with curriculum usually reserved for students who are older or are of a higher-grade level. The District’s Accelerated Placement Program (“APP”) is implemented consistent with Board Policy 6:135 and the corresponding Illinois School Code provisions and Illinois State Board of Education rules. 105 ILCS 5/14A et seq.; 23 Ill. Adm. Code Part 227.
APP is open to all students who demonstrate high ability and who may benefit from accelerated placement, and it is not limited to students who have been identified as gifted and talented. Accelerated Placement is only granted if the District and parent/guardian are in mutual agreement. Eligibility to participate in Accelerated Placement shall not be conditioned upon any factor other than the student’s identification as an accelerated learner.
Accelerated Placement identification includes:
- Decision-making processes that are fair, equitable, and involve multiple individuals, e.g. District administrators, teachers, and school support personnel, and a student’s parent(s)/guardian(s);
- Notification processes that notify a student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) of a decision affecting a student’s participation in the APP; and
- Assessment processes that include multiple valid, reliable indicators.
ACCELERATED PLACEMENT OPTIONS
The decision for a child to enter school early or participate in grade acceleration can have a profound effect on his or her academic and social performance for the remainder of the child’s school career. It is a decision that needs to be taken very seriously and should not be considered for daycare reasons.
Academic readiness, academic potential, and social-emotional maturity are all equally important considerations. Children who enter an accelerated grade may demonstrate social or emotional difficulties due to their relative immaturity. As they progress through school, children who are young for their grade level may have more difficulty fitting in with their peers in social situations. They are less likely to excel in sports because of their age and/or their smaller size. These and other possible effects of being younger than others in their classes should be considered carefully. In addition, please be aware that very few children who are evaluated meet the criteria to enter kindergarten or first grade early.
A referral for evaluation for the District’s APP may come from a licensed education professional, the student’s parent/guardian, or the student (with written consent of the parent/guardian). For early entrance to kindergarten or first grade, a referral also may come from the student’s preschool or nonpublic school educator, pediatrician, or psychologist who knows the child.
Referral information is available for students from the student’s preschool or nonpublic school educator, pediatrician, or psychologist who knows the child and this information is located on the website. For additional information, please contact the Director of Curriculum and Assessment at 708-449-6490.
Specific referral packets are available based on the type of acceleration sought. Parents/guardians seeking acceleration must complete and submit the appropriate referral form along with any accompanying documents to the Director of Curriculum and Assessment by June 1 of the year prior to the desired year of early admittance or acceleration. Based on a review of the information submitted, the District will determine whether the student is appropriate for further assessment to determine eligibility for acceleration.
Following completion of the referral packet for acceleration, the District will determine whether an assessment is appropriate. Parents will be required to provide written consent for the evaluation. The evaluation will be completed by an evaluation team, consisting of Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Building Administrator, Teacher, Related Services (OT, PT, SLP and SW) and school support personnel as appropriate depending on the age/grade of the student, the type of accelerated placement for which the student is being referred, and other relevant factors. Parent input, via the referral form, will also be included. The evaluation may also include oral/written contact with current and former teachers or other professionals familiar with the child.
Based on a review of the data from multiple valid and reliable indicators, a team that includes appropriate staff and the child’s parent/guardian will make a recommendation regarding the enrollment of the child. Parents will be notified of the decision regarding placement via email