Public Act 096-1152
Public Act 1152 96TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
|Public Act 096-1152|
|HB5481 Enrolled||LRB096 17129 MJR 32454 b|
AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The School Code is amended by changing Sections
14A-30 and 14A-45 as follows:
(105 ILCS 5/14A-30)
Funding of local gifted education programs
Local programs; requirements
In order for a
for the education of gifted and talented children
by the State Board of Education
to a request for proposals process
in order to qualify for
funds for that purpose are
, as of
the beginning of the
the local program
submits an application for
funds that includes a comprehensive plan (i) showing that the
applicant is capable of meeting a portion of
, (ii) showing the program
elements currently in place and a timeline for implementation
of other elements, and (iii) demonstrating to the satisfaction
of the State Board of Education that the applicant is capable
of implementing a program of gifted education consistent with
and demonstrate the fulfillment of these
requirements in a written program description submitted to the
State Board of Education by the local educational agency
operating the program and modified if the program is
(1) The use of a minimum of 3 assessment measures used
to identify gifted and talented children in each area in
which a program for gifted and talented children is
established, which may include without limitation scores
on standardized achievement tests, observation checklists,
portfolios, and currently-used district assessments.
(2) A priority emphasis on language arts and
(3) An identification method that uses the definition
of gifted and talented children as defined in Section
14A-20 of this Code.
(4) Assessment instruments sensitive to the inclusion
of underrepresented groups, including low-income students,
minority students, and English language learners.
(5) A process of identification of gifted and talented
children that is of equal rigor in each area of aptitude
addressed by the program.
(6) The use of identification procedures that
appropriately correspond with the planned programs,
curricula, and services.
(7) A fair and equitable decision-making process.
(8) The availability of a fair and impartial appeal
process within the school, school district, or cooperative
of school districts operating a program for parents or
guardians whose children are aggrieved by a decision of the
school, school district, or cooperative of school
districts regarding eligibility for participation in a
(9) Procedures for annually informing the community
at-large, including parents, about the program and the
methods used for the identification of gifted and talented
(10) Procedures for notifying parents or guardians of a
child of a decision affecting that child's participation in
(11) A description of how gifted and talented children
will be grouped and instructed in order to maximize the
educational benefits the children derive from
participation in the program, including curriculum
modifications and options that accelerate and add depth and
complexity to the curriculum content.
(12) An explanation of how the program emphasizes
higher-level skills attainment,
critical thinking, creative thinking, and research skills,
as embedded within relevant content areas.
(13) A methodology for measuring academic growth for
gifted and talented children and a procedure for
communicating a child's progress to his or her parents or
guardian, including, but not limited to, a report card.
(14) The collection of data on growth in learning for
children in a program for gifted and talented children and
the reporting of the data to the State Board of Education.
(15) The designation of a supervisor responsible for
overseeing the educational program for gifted and talented
(16) A showing that the certified teachers who are
assigned to teach gifted and talented children understand
the characteristics and educational needs of children and
are able to differentiate the curriculum and apply
instructional methods to meet the needs of the children.
(17) Plans for the continuation of professional
development for staff assigned to the program serving
gifted and talented children.
(Source: P.A. 94-151, eff. 7-8-05; 94-410, eff. 8-2-05; 95-331,
(105 ILCS 5/14A-45)
Grants for services and materials.
the availability of categorical grant funding or other funding
appropriated for such purposes, the State Board of Education
shall make grants available to fund educational programs for
gifted and talented children. A request-for-proposal process
shall be used in awarding grants for services and materials,
with carry over to the next fiscal year, under this Section. A
proposal may be submitted to the State Board of Education by a
school district, 2 or more
cooperating school districts, a
county, 2 or more cooperating counties,
professional organization in gifted education,
or a regional
office of education. The proposals shall include a statement of
the qualifications and duties of the personnel required in the
field of diagnostic, counseling, and consultative services and
the educational materials necessary. Upon receipt, the State
Board of Education shall evaluate the proposals in accordance
with criteria developed by the State Board of Education that is
consistent with this Article and shall award grants to the
extent funding is available. Educational programs for gifted
and talented children may be offered during the regular school
term and may include optional summer programs. As a condition
for State funding, a grantee must comply with the requirements
of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 94-151, eff. 7-8-05; 94-410, eff. 8-2-05.)
This Act takes effect upon
Effective Date: 7/21/2010