Accelerated Learning Opportunities

The Accelerated Placement Act, an Illinois law that took effect on July 1, 2018, exists primarily to ensure that school districts have in place a quantifiable, multiple-measures process that removes any bias that could lead to discrimination in determining which students are eligible for an accelerated learning opportunity.

The purpose behind the legislation is for school districts to focus more heavily on quantifiable multiple measures as opposed to observations and assumptions made by teachers and administrators.

Participation in District 401's accelerated opportunities shall not be conditioned upon race, religion, sex, disability or any factor other than a student's eligibility under the District's multiple-measures criteria.

What Accelerated Opportunities Are Available?

Accelerated opportunities include anything enriched, gifted, honors, Advanced Placement, high school credit or dual credit, as well as accelerated placement of students with respect to subject matter or grade.

In District 401, enrichment opportunities are available to students based on their performance on the following assessments:

► Grade 2 students | Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
► Grade 2-8 students | AimswebPlus (AW+)
► Grade 3-8 students | Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)
► Grade 3-12 students | Curricular-Based Measurements
► Grade 8-10 students | PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10

These opportunities include but are not limited to the ones listed below.

College & Career Pathways

Both Elmwood Park High School and Elm Middle School now offer courses as part of College & Career Pathways, a District 401 initiative focused on better aligning curricula with the post-secondary pursuits of our students.

The goal of the College & Career Pathways is to better prepare D401 students to compete and succeed in the global economy.

With the help of aligned programs of study and pathway exploration, students will graduate with well-developed post-secondary plans, stronger experiential learning opportunities and a diverse set of skills suited for academic and career success.

For more information about the pathway initiative, please click here.