6:130-AP2 Accelerated Placement Program Procedures – Early Entrance to Kindergarten and First Grade

The District provides an Accelerated Placement Program (APP) for students who wish to enroll early in kindergarten and/or first grade.

Participation in the APP is open to all students who demonstrate high ability and who may benefit from accelerated placement.  It is not limited to students who have been identified as gifted and talented.  Eligibility to participate in the District’s APP shall not be conditioned upon the protected classifications identified in School Board Policy 7:010 Equal Educational Opportunities, or any factor other than the student’s identification as an accelerated learner.

The APP 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.

The Superintendent or designee shall annually notify the community, parent(s)/guardian(s), students and school personnel about the APP, the process for referring a student for possible evaluation for accelerated placement, and the methods used to determine whether a student is eligible for accelerated placement.  Notification may: (a) include varied communication methods, such as student handbooks or district or school websites; and (b) provided in multiple languages, as appropriate.

The District’s Accelerated Placement Program (APP) places qualified students in an educational setting that includes curriculum usually reserved for students who are older or in higher grades than the student, and is implemented by the Superintendent or designee.  105ILCS5/14A

This administrative procedure contains five sections below:

  1. Definitions
  2. Annual Notification
  3. Referral Process
  4. Evaluation Process
  5. Eligibility Determination

Definitions

Accelerated placement is the placement of a student in an educational setting with curriculum that is usually reserved for students who are older or in higher grades than the student.  Accelerated placement includes early entrance to kindergarten or first grade.

Acceleration of current BPS101 students in a single subject or full grade acceleration follows the procedures in the High Ability Handbook.

Early entrance to kindergarten is the admission to kindergarten of a student who: (a) will not be five years of age on or before September 1 of that school term; or (b) is admitted prior to the dates established in the School Code based upon an assessment of his or her readiness to attend school.

Early entrance to first grade is the admission to first grade of a student who: (a) is assessed for readiness, attended a non-public preschool and continued his or her education at that school through kindergarten, was taught kindergarten by an appropriately certified teacher, and will attain the age of six years old on or before December 31; or (b) is admitted prior to the dates established in the School Code based upon an assessment of his or her readiness to attend school.

Accelerated Placement or Early Entrance to Kindergarten or First Grade

Annual Notification

Actor Action
Chief Academic Officer or Designee

Annually notifies the community, including parent(s)/guardian(s), students and school personnel, about the: 1. APP; 2. Process for referring a student for possible evaluation for accelerated placement, including: a. Steps to be taken to make a referral; b. individual(s) to whom a referral may be submitted; c. Deadlines by which a referral must be made; and d. Information that must be provided in the referral.  3.  Methods used to determine whether a student is eligible for accelerated placement.

Provides such notification:

  1. By varied communication methods, such as student handbooks and District/school websites; and
  2. In multiple languages

Referral Process

Actor Action
Parents(s)/Guardians, Licensed Educational Professionals, Student (with written consent of a parent/guardian), or Peer (through a licensed educational professional who has knowledge of the student’s abilities).

In addition to the above-noted individuals, referrals for possible early entrance to kindergarten or first grade may also come from:  Preschool Educator, Non-public Kindergarten Teacher, Pediatrician, or Psychologist who knows the student.

The deadline for referrals is April 1st.

Refers a student for possible evaluation for accelerated placement using the process set forth in this procedure.
Student Services Director, Building Principal or designee Within 14 school days after receiving a referral, determines whether an evaluation for accelerated placement is warranted.  To determine whether an evaluation is warranted, may review existing data about the student, utilize screening data, and conduct preliminary procedures such as observation of the student, consultation with the teacher or other individual making the request, and a conference with the student.  Provides the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) with written notice of the referral determination.  For cases not warranting an evaluation, the process ends here.  This decision is not appealable outside the school site.  For cases warranting an evaluation, proceed to Evaluation Process, below

Evaluation Process

Actor Action
Building Principal, or designee Convenes an Evaluation Team (consisting of District teacher(s) and school support personnel, as appropriate) having the knowledge and skills necessary to:

  1. Identify multiple valid, reliable indicators to use during the evaluation;
  2. Identify appropriate assessment instruments;
  3. Administer said assessments; and
  4. Interpret evaluation results.  The composition of the team may vary depending upon the type of acceleration requested and other relevant factors.
Evaluation Team Identifies multiple valid, reliable indicators and any assessment instruments appropriate to use during the evaluation.  Prepares a written document identifying the evaluation components.  This may occur without a meeting.
Building Principal, or designee Provides parent(s)/guardian(s) with written notification of the Evaluation Team’s conclusions regarding the evaluation components and requests parent(s)’/guardian(s)’ written consent to conduct the evaluation.
Parent/Guardian Provides written consent to conduct the evaluation.  The District may require a fee of $50 to help defray the cost of the evaluation.
Evaluation Team Completes the evaluation within 60 school days following the date of receipt of parent(s)’/guardian(s)’ written consent to conduct the evaluation.

Ensures the evaluation is nondiscriminatory and follows policy 7:010 Equal Educational Opportunities.

Eligibility Determination

Actor Action
Evaluation Team Provide parent(s)/guardian(s) with written notice of eligibility determination.

  1.  If the student is found eligible for the APP, prepares and provides parent(s)/guardian(s) with a written plan detailing the type of acceleration the student will receive and strategies to support this student.
  2. If the student is not found eligible for the APP, provides parent(s)/guardian(s) with written notice of their right to appeal the eligibility determination, within five calendar days after receiving the determination, by submitting a written request to the Building Principal.
Parent/Guardian If desired, within 15 calendar days after receiving written notice that student is not eligible for the APP, submits written appeal to the Building Principal who will have it reviewed by another administrator not involved in the evaluation.  The determination of this internal appeal is final.
Building Administrator Within 5 calendar days after receiving the written appeal request, reviews the case, and provides parent(s)/guardian(s) with written notice of his/her decision.  The determination of this internal appeal is final.

Supporting documentation including copies of the parent communication should be sent to the District’s central office.

Date Adopted:  November 13, 2018