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.
 

For grades K-2, an enrichment special will be part of every student's schedule. This will expose all students to enriched lessons from the ReadyGEN curriculum for English language arts (ELA) and the Go Math! curriculum for mathematics.

The K-2 special is strictly a learning experience and will not be taken for a grade.

This opportunity took effect in August 2018.

Based on meeting District criteria, students in grades 3-5 will be afforded the opportunity for next-grade-level exposure to qualifying content areas.

For example, a 3rd-grade student may be eligible for the next grade level in ELA but not math, so that student would attend a 4th-grade ELA class but would remain with their 3rd-grade teacher for math.

This opportunity took effect in August 2018.

Based on meeting the District criteria, 6th-grade students will be eligible for 7th-grade accelerated opportunities, and students in 7th and 8th grade will be eligible for accelerated courses and high school credit.

These opportunities took effect in August 2019.

In addition, middle school students will be part of the District's College & Career Pathway, a new initiative focused on better aligning middle and high school curricula with the post-secondary pursuits of our students.

To learn more about the College & Career Pathway, scroll down this page or click here.

The high school is expanding opportunities for students to take additional Advanced Placement and dual credit courses.

The opportunities took effect in August 2019.

In addition, high school students will be part of the District's College & Career Pathway, a new initiative focused on better aligning middle and high school curricula with the post-secondary pursuits of our students.

To learn more about the College & Career Pathway, scroll down this page or click here.

College & Career Pathway


Beginning in 2019-20, Elmwood Park High School will offer courses as part of District 401's College & Career Pathway, a new initiative focused on better aligning EPHS and Elm Middle School curricula with the post-secondary pursuits of our students.

The goal of the College & Career Pathway 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.