Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Accelerated Placement Act. Provides that any student in a school district may be referred by a teacher, administrator, gifted education specialist, guidance counselor, school psychologist, or parent or legal guardian to the principal for evaluation for possible accelerated placement. Allows accelerated placement to include, but not be limited to, early entrance to kindergarten or first grade, accelerating a student in a single subject, compacting curriculum, concurrent enrollment, credit by examination, online learning courses, Advanced Placement courses, International Baccalaureate programs, grade acceleration, grade telescoping, and early high school graduation. Sets forth evaluation and appeal guidelines. Provides for the creation of an acceleration evaluation committee to evaluate a child for accelerated placement. Sets forth procedures for accelerated placement and evaluation of the placement. Requires school districts to report certain statistics to the State Board of Education, and for the State Board to create reports regarding accelerated placement. Provides that the State Board may adopt rules to implement the Act. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 2 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Accelerated Placement Act. Requires each school district to have a policy that allows for accelerated placement. Sets forth required components of the policy. Requires school districts to report certain data concerning evaluations for accelerated placement and grants of accelerated placement to the State Board of Education. Requires the State Board to publish an annual report of the data. Requires the State Board to develop and disseminate guidance concerning accelerated students by January 1, 2018. Allows the State Board to adopt rules to implement the Act. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Gifted and Talented Children Article of the School Code. Renames the Article the Gifted and Talented Children and Children Eligible for Accelerated Placement Article. Provides that provisions concerning non-discrimination include non-discrimination for access to accelerated placement. Provides that school districts shall have a policy that allows for accelerated placement. Sets forth both required and optional components of the policy. Requires the State Board of Education to adopt rules to determine data to be collected regarding accelerated placement and a method of making the information available to the public. Defines "accelerated placement". Makes other changes. Effective July 1, 2018.