Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford

Filed: 3/16/2016





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2970 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Untapped Potential Act.
6    Section 5. Definitions. In this Act:
7    "Board" means the State Board of Education.
8    "Universal screening" means the use of an assessment
9instrument that complies with Section 14A-30 of the School Code
10for all students within a grade level of a school district to
11identify gifted and talented children, especially students
12from traditionally underrepresented populations.
13    "Gifted and talented children" means gifted and talented
14children as defined in Section 14A-20 of the School Code.
15    Section 10. Gifted and talented data.



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1    (a) Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the Board
2shall collect from school districts data about programs for
3gifted and talented children, including the total number and
4percentage of programs offered for gifted and talented
5children, organized by grade level, areas of learning, and
6program type; the total number and percentage of students
7enrolled in those programs organized by grade level, areas of
8learning, and program type; the demographic information of
9students enrolled in those programs, including gender, race,
10ethnicity, and income status, organized by grade level, areas
11of learning, and program type; and whether the school district
12or a school uses universal screening as part of its gifted and
13talented identification process.
14    (b) Data compiled under this Act must be published on the
15Board's Illinois Report Card website.
16    Section 15. Universal screening to identify
17under-enrollment of low-income and minority students in
18programs for gifted and talented children.
19    (a) The 5% of school districts with the greatest combined
20percentage point difference between their enrolled student
21population demographics and their gifted and talented student
22population demographics, calculated by totaling percentage
23points across gender, race, ethnicity, and income status
24demographic data for the 2016-2017 school year, shall, subject
25to appropriation, conduct a universal screening for enrolled



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1second and fifth graders the following school year.
2    (b) The Board shall submit a written report about results
3of the universal screening to the Governor, the State
4Superintendent of Education, the Chairperson of the Board, the
5President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of
6Representatives, the Minority Leader of the Senate, the
7Minority Leader of House of Representatives, the Chairperson
8and all members of the Senate Education Committee, and the
9Chairperson and all members of the House Elementary and
10Secondary Education: School Curriculum and Policies Committee.
11The report shall compare those districts' 2016-2017 gifted and
12talented data with their 2017-2018 gifted and talented data
13after the results of universal screening are known.
14    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
15becoming law.".