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State Policies in Illinois  

Illinois state policy requires each school district to have a policy that allows for accelerated placement.

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergarten

No state policy; up to LEA to determine whether early entrance to kindergarten is permitted.

According to 10-20.12 (page 23), “based upon an assessment of a child's readiness to attend school, a school district may permit a child [who does not attain the age of five years by September 1st] to attend school.”

Early entrance to 1st gradeState policy permits to a limited extent (last question on the page).
Whole-grade accelerationIf you know where to find this information, please e-mail us.
Early high school graduationThere is no specific policy regarding early high school graduation, and the Illinois State Graduation Requirements outline courses that must be taken to graduate from an Illinois high school.
Early entrance to collegeShimer College offers an Early Entrant Program for students who have completed 10th or 11th grade.

Content-based Acceleration

Dual or concurrent enrollment in community college, college, or university

LEA determines whether dual enrollment in high school and college is permitted. Related to this topic is the Dual Credit Quality Act (110 ILCS 27/1), which sets standards for institutions of higher education that offer dual credit courses. See this website. In addition, Public Act 100-133 (effective 1-1-18) requires school boards to require any district high schools to inform all 11th and 12th grade students of dual enrollment and dual credit opportunities at public community colleges for qualified students. See this website.

Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

No state policy; up to LEA to determine. Each LEA is also responsible for determining whether students can be awarded high school graduation credit for courses taken while in middle school.
Advanced Placement®State policy permits. See the Illinois State Board of Education Advanced Placement page for more information and AP resources.
Talent SearchThe Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University offers the Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) program, along with other options for summer and weekend programs for students, educators, and parents.
Credit by examination/proficiency-based promotion

LEAs determine policy. Plans for earning credit outside of regular classes should be approved in advance. See this website.
Other forms of content-based acceleration

Typically left to LEAs to determine. If you know of state-level code, please e-mail us.

Additional Information

Illinois Talented and Gifted Legislation
Illinois Department of Education
Illinois Association for Gifted Children

The information presented on this page was compiled from a variety of resources, including the State of the States in Gifted Education 2012-2013 (a report by the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children), Websites, professional literature, and personal communication. The Acceleration Institute has not verified the accuracy of this information and does not warrant its accuracy or fitness of use for any purpose. Users should verify information prior to taking any action. Furthermore, the appearance of selected programs and/or resources does not imply an endorsement or affiliation. Programs and resources are highlighted for informational purposes only.