Accelerated Placement Program
The District provides an Accelerated Placement Program (APP). The APP advances the District’s goal of providing educational programs with opportunities for each student to develop to his or her maximum potential. The APP provides an educational opportunity with curriculum options usually reserved for students who are older or in higher grades than the student participating in the APP. APP options include but may not be limited to: (a) accelerating a student in a single subject; (b) other grade-level acceleration; and (c) early entrance to kindergarten. Participation in the APP is open to all students who demonstrate high ability and who may benefit from accelerated placement.
Early Entrance to Kindergarten is the admission of a student to kindergarten who will not yet be five years old by Sept. 1st of that school year and whose 5th birthday falls between Sept. 2 and Oct. 31st, as documented by a certified copy of the birth certificate.
Early Entrance to First Grade is the admission of a student to first grade who will not yet be six years old by Sept. 1st of that school year and whose 6th birthday falls between Sept. 2nd and Dec. 31st, as documented by a certified copy of the birth certificate. Additionally, this would apply to a student who has not completed kindergarten. Students who are younger than six upon starting first grade but who were admitted early to kindergarten do not need to be reevaluated prior to admission to first grade.
See the early entrance page for more information: Early Entrance to Kindergarten and First Grade
Whole Grade Acceleration is the practice of assigning a student to a higher grade level than is typical given the student’s age on a full-time basis for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities.
Individual Subject Acceleration is the practice of assigning a student to specific content at a higher instructional level than is typical given the student’s grade for the purpose of providing access to appropriately challenging learning opportunities in one or more subject areas.
Accelerated Placement Referral Process for Whole Grade or Single Subject:
Single Subject Acceleration or Grade Acceleration Placement
Peoria Public Schools accepts referrals for single subject acceleration or grade acceleration from parents/guardians, teachers, and administrators.
All students in grades K-8 participate in the initial screening process via the NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment every school year.
Initial Qualifications for Referral
Single Subject Acceleration: Students can be considered for acceleration in either reading or math. Students who score at or above the 95th percentile on all prior and current NWEA MAP assessments, may be considered for subject acceleration.
Grade Acceleration: Students can be considered for grade acceleration. Students who score at or above the 95th percentile in both reading and math, on all prior and current NWEA MAP assessments, may be considered for grade acceleration.
Step 1: Referral- if the above NWEA MAP criteria have been met.
- Peoria Public Schools certified staff, administration, or a parent/guardian complete application.
- Completed application submitted to current building administrator.
- Building keeps a copy of application.
- Original application, signed by building administrator, will be forwarded to Curriculum Department.
Step 2: Collect body of evidence
Information is collected on students from a variety of sources, which will include:
- NWEA MAP Scores (Northwest Evaluation Association)
- Parent SIGS (Scales for Identifying Gifted Students) Form- Characteristics and behaviors of gifted
- Teacher SIGS Form- Characteristics and behaviors of gifted
- WISC (Weschler's Intelligence Test for Children) - Intellectual Ability and/or
- CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test)
- State Assessments (PARCC or Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) - If applicable (3rd - 8th grades)
Step 3: The district’s academic acceleration team reviews the body of evidence.
Step 4: Parent/Guardian meeting to share results.
If the body of evidence does not suggest academic acceleration, a parent/guardian meeting is held to discuss findings.
If the body of evidence suggests single subject or grade level acceleration is the best programming option for the student’s learning, a parent/guardian meeting is held to share results and to create an academic acceleration plan. The parents/guardians have the right to decline accelerated placement at any time.
Step 5: Develop the academic acceleration or grade acceleration plan
Click Here for Application:
To be considered for accelerated placement for the 2020-2021 school year, applications must be submitted by Friday, February 14, 2020.
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