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 that the students. 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. (Illinois Accelerated Placement Act, Public Act 100-0421)
The Principal shall implement the Acceleration Placement Program that includes:
1. Decision-making processes that are fair, equitable, and involve multiple individuals, including school stakeholders and the student's parents or legal guardians;
a) the diverse evaluation team will gather relevant, reliable and comprehensive data in order to determine whether and what type of accelerated placement is appropriate for the referred student.
2. Notification processes that notify a student's parents or legal guardians of a decision affecting a student's participation in the accelerated placement program, and;
3. Assessment processes that include multiple valid, reliable indicators.