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Full Text of SB1223  100th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing the
5heading of Article 14A and Sections 14A-15, 14A-25, and 14A-35
6and by adding Sections 14A-17 and 14A-32 as follows:
7    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 14A heading)
10(Source: P.A. 94-151, eff. 7-8-05; 94-410, eff. 8-2-05.)
11    (105 ILCS 5/14A-15)
12    Sec. 14A-15. Purpose. The purpose of this Article is to
13provide encouragement, assistance, and guidance to school
14districts in the development and improvement of educational
15programs for gifted and talented children and children eligible
16for accelerated placement as defined in Sections Section 14A-20
17and 14A-17 of this Code. School districts shall continue to
18have the authority and flexibility to design education programs
19for gifted and talented children in response to community
20needs, but these programs must comply with the requirements
21established in Section 14A-30 of this Code by no later than
22September 1, 2006 in order to merit approval by the State Board



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1of Education in order to qualify for State funding for the
2education of gifted and talented children, should such funding
3become available.
4(Source: P.A. 94-151, eff. 7-8-05; 94-410, eff. 8-2-05.)
5    (105 ILCS 5/14A-17 new)
6    Sec. 14A-17. Accelerated placement. For purposes of this
7Article, "accelerated placement" means the placement of a child
8in an educational setting with curriculum that is usually
9reserved for children who are older or in higher grades than
10the child. "Accelerated placement" under this Article or other
11school district-adopted policies shall include, but need not be
12limited to, the following types of acceleration: early entrance
13to kindergarten or first grade, accelerating a child in a
14single subject, and grade acceleration.
15    (105 ILCS 5/14A-25)
16    Sec. 14A-25. Non-discrimination. Eligibility for
17participation in programs established pursuant to this Article
18shall be determined solely through identification of a child as
19gifted, or talented, or eligible for accelerated placement. No
20program or placement shall condition participation upon race,
21religion, sex, disability, or any factor other than the
22identification of the child as gifted, or talented, or eligible
23for placement.
24(Source: P.A. 94-151, eff. 7-8-05; 94-410, eff. 8-2-05.)



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1    (105 ILCS 5/14A-32 new)
2    Sec. 14A-32. Accelerated placement; school district
4    (a) Each school district shall have a policy that allows
5for accelerated placement that includes or incorporates by
6reference the following components:
7        (1) a provision that provides that participation in
8    accelerated placement is not limited to those children who
9    have been identified as gifted and talented, but rather is
10    open to all children who demonstrate high ability and who
11    may benefit from accelerated placement;
12        (2) a fair and equitable decision-making process that
13    involves multiple persons and includes a student's parents
14    or guardians;
15        (3) procedures for notifying parents or guardians of a
16    child of a decision affecting that child's participation in
17    an accelerated placement program; and
18        (4) an assessment process that includes multiple
19    valid, reliable indicators.
20    (b) Further, a school district's accelerated placement
21policy may include or incorporate by reference, but need not be
22limited to, the following components:
23        (1) procedures for annually informing the community
24    at-large, including parents or guardians, about the
25    accelerated placement program and the methods used for the



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1    identification of children eligible for accelerated
2    placement;
3        (2) a process for referral that allows for multiple
4    referrers, including a child's parents or guardians; other
5    referrers may include licensed education professionals,
6    the child, with the written consent of a parent or
7    guardian, a peer, through a licensed education
8    professional who has knowledge of the referred child's
9    abilities, or, in case of possible early entrance, a
10    preschool educator, pediatrician, or psychologist who
11    knows the child; and
12        (3) a provision that provides that children
13    participating in an accelerated placement program and
14    their parents or guardians will be provided a written plan
15    detailing the type of acceleration the child will receive
16    and strategies to support the child.
17    (c) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules to
18determine data to be collected regarding accelerated placement
19and a method of making the information available to the public.
20    (105 ILCS 5/14A-35)
21    Sec. 14A-35. Administrative functions of the State Board of
22Education for gifted and talented children programs.
23    (a) The State Board of Education must designate a staff
24person who shall be in charge of educational programs for
25gifted and talented children. This staff person shall, at a



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1minimum, (i) be responsible for developing an approval process
2for educational programs for gifted and talented children by no
3later than September 1, 2006, (ii) receive and maintain the
4written descriptions of all programs for gifted and talented
5children in the State, (iii) collect and maintain the annual
6growth in learning data submitted by a school, school district,
7or cooperative of school districts, (iv) identify potential
8funding sources for the education of gifted and talented
9children, and (v) serve as the main contact person at the State
10Board of Education for program supervisors and other school
11officials, parents, and other stakeholders regarding the
12education of gifted and talented children.
13    (b) Subject to the availability of funds for these
14purposes, the State Board of Education may perform a variety of
15additional administrative functions with respect to the
16education of gifted and talented children, including, but not
17limited to, supervision, quality assurance, compliance
18monitoring, and oversight of local programs, analysis of
19performance outcome data submitted by local educational
20agencies, the establishment of personnel standards, and a
21program of personnel development for teachers and
22administrative personnel in the education of gifted and
23talented children.
24(Source: P.A. 94-151, eff. 7-8-05; 94-410, eff. 8-2-05.)
25    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,