CSD17 Accelerated Learning Program

CSD 17 Accelerated Learning Program


Channahon 17 believes that all students have special gifts and abilities. Our educators expect to meet the unique needs of each child in the context of the classroom environment to provide a robust and challenging experience, while fostering a true love of learning.

Illinois Definition of Program Requirements


Illinois Accelerated Placement Act, Public Act 100-0421

Section 14A-17 defines “accelerated placement” as:


  1. Placement of a child in an educational setting with curriculum that is usually reserved for children who are older or in higher grades than the child; and,
  2. Includes, but is not limited to, the following types of acceleration: early entrance to kindergarten or first grade, acceleration of a child in a single subject, and grade acceleration.


Section 14A-32 requires that each school district develop a policy for accelerated placement that includes or incorporates by reference the following items:


  1. A provision indicating that participation in accelerated placement is not limited to those children who have been identified as gifted and talented, but rather is open to all children who demonstrate high ability and who may benefit from accelerated placement;
  2. A fair and equitable decision-making process that involves multiple persons and includes a student’s parents or guardians;
    1. Procedures for notifying parents or guardians of a decision affecting that child’s participation in an accelerated placement program; and,
    2. An assessment process that includes multiple valid , reliable indicators.


Section 14A-32 also provides that the adopted policy may include or incorporate, but need not be limited to, the following:


  1. Procedure for annually informing the community at large, including parents or guardians, about the accelerated program and the methods used for identification of children eligible for accelerated placement;
    1. A process for referral that allows for multiple referrers, including the child’s parents or guardians; licensed education professionals of the child with the written consent of a parent or guardian; a peer, through a licensed education professional who has knowledge of the referred child’s abilities; or, in the case of possible early entrance to school, a preschool educator, pediatrician, or psychologist who knows the child; and,
    2. A provision that provides that children participating in an accelerated placement program and their parents or guardians will be provided a written plan detailing the type of acceleration the child will receive and strategies to support the child.