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Advanced Learning Program

Program Description

D31 believes in having differentiated & rigorous education for all students. The purpose of the Advanced Learning Program (ALP) is to provide students who demonstrate readiness an enriched and accelerated learning program in the areas of English language arts and math. The program is available in grades 4-8. Students qualify for the program via a combination of scores including an achievement score (MAP), an ability score (CogAT) and teacher feedback (SIGS). Click here to view the placement matrices.

What is meant by enrichment?

Enrichment engages students in learning content from the current grade-level standards but goes deeper into the grade-level curriculum. Emphasis is on moving through curriculum horizontally. For an example in ELA, click here. For an example in math, click here.

What is meant by acceleration?

Acceleration engages students in learning content from next grade-level standards and typically moves at a faster pace. Emphasis is on moving through curriculum vertically.

Program Courses

English Language Arts

Course Name and Grade Level

Course Description

 Accelerated ELA 4

 ELA course based upon CCSS 4th and 5th grade standards

 Accelerated ELA 5

 ELA course based upon CCSS 5th and 6th grade standards

 Accelerated ELA 6

 ELA course based upon the CCSS 7th grade standards

 Accelerated ELA 7

 ELA course based upon the CCSS 8th grade standards

 Accelerated ELA 8

 ELA course based upon the CCSS 9th grade standards

Mathematics

Grade Level

Course Name

Course Description

 4

 Enriched Math 4

 Mathematics course based upon CCSS 4th grade standards

 5

 Enriched Math 5

 Mathematics course based upon CCSS 5th grade standards

 Accelerated Math 5

 Mathematics course based upon CCSS 5th and 6th grade standards

 6

 Single Accelerated Math 6

 Mathematics course based upon CCSS 6th and 7th grade standards

 Double Accelerated Math 6

 Mathematics course based upon CCSS 7th and 8th grade standards

 7

 Single Accelerated Math 7

 Mathematics course based upon CCSS 7th and 8th grade standards

 Double Accelerated: Algebra 7

 Mathematics course based upon CCSS high school algebra standards

 8

 Single Accelerated: Algebra 8

 Mathematics course based upon CCSS high school algebra standards

 Double Accelerated: Geometry 8

 Mathematics course based upon CCSS high school geometry standards; prerequisite is successful completion of Algebra 1

 

Program Timeline
 



Inquiry Process

  • A matrix is used to determine whether a student qualifies for placement in ALP.
  • If a student doesn’t qualify for ALP per the matrix, parents and teachers have the option to open an inquiry.
  • An inquiry is an individualized problem solving process intended to look at the whole child in order to determine best-fit placement.
  • This process may include additional assessment and information gathering.
  • Inquiry Form: email Meg Knapik, Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction at mknapik@district31.net for more information 

ALP Inquiry Calendar

The calendar in the table below outlines the periods of time when inquiries into ALP placement occur. This is applicable to both teacher and parent inquiries. The purpose for having a calendar is as follows:

  • Set windows allow for a timely and efficient process
  • Establishing a cutoff time during the school year preserves curricular pacing
  • Exceptions may be made for students who are new to the district

June- First week

Placement letters sent home to parents

June - Second Week  Inquiry forms due by Friday at noon

June- Third week

Inquiry testing session

June- Fourth week

Inquiry test scoring; results determined and communicated by the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction 

July - Second week Inquiry forms due by Friday at noon

July- Third week

Inquiry testing session

July- Fourth week

Inquiry test scoring; results determined and communicated by the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction 

August through mid-September

No inquiries 

Fall benchmarking-December

Inquiries accepted on rolling basis

January-May

No inquiries

Additional Information

 

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