Accelerated Placement and Early Entrance Procedures

Acceleration is one option for meeting the needs of high ability/high achieving students. The Accelerated Placement Act requires Illinois public school districts to adopt and implement policies on acceleration, specifically:

  • early entrance to kindergarten and first grade,
  • acceleration in a single subject area, and
  • “whole grade” acceleration (sometimes referred to as “grade skipping”).

The goal of the Acceleration Act is to ensure that districts adopt equitable and effective assessment and placement practices. Accelerated placement is not limited to those students who have been identified as gifted and talented; it is open to all students who demonstrate high ability and who may benefit from accelerated placement.

The full text of the Accelerated Placement Act can be found on the Illinois General Assembly website.

For more information about District 64’s procedures related to these acceleration options, please see the contact information and links below: