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IAGC Advocacy Initiatives 


These are exciting times for gifted education advocacy!  With the needs of gifted and talented students acknowledged for the first time in the reauthorized federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), IAGC has worked over the last year to raise awareness and leverage these new provisions to improve support for high-ability students in Illinois’ education plan.  IAGC also joined forces with the Untapped Potential Project (formerly One Chance Illinois) to pass the Untapped Potential Act in 2016.  We have introduced two bills during the 2017 legislative session: SB 1223 (Accelerated Placement Act) and HB 2461 (Report Card Bill).

Click the links below to learn more about these advocacy efforts and next steps for the IAGC State Initiatives Committee:

Accelerated Placement Bill (SB 1223)

  • Would increase student access to appropriate acceleration opportunities by requiring that districts develop policies permitting different types of accelerated placement
School Report Card Bill (HB 2461)
      • Would require that data regarding the availability of gifted programming and teachers with gifted endorsements be published on the Illinois Report Card

Untapped Potential Act  – Signed into law June 2016
      • Revised the Illinois School Code to ensure alignment with best practices for identifying gifted students
Every Student Succeeds Act
      • Illinois State Plan and state-level policy advocacy
      • District/school plans and advocacy
      • Federal Advocacy

We Need Advocates Like You!  

How to Get Involved:

Contact the State Initiatives Committee Co-Chairs for more information:
Mark your calendar for the next quarterly IAGC State Initiatives Committee meeting. Committee Meetings always take place on the mornings of board meetings.  See our home page 

General Advocacy Information

References, Resources and Research 

Illinois Gifted Education Law and Background 

Why Policy Support for Gifted Students is Important 

Resources on How to Advocate Effectively for Gifted Students 

Model Policies and Key Research 

Contact Us:

Illinois Association for Gifted Children

800 E. Northwest Hwy., Suite 610
Palatine, IL 60074

Ph: 847-963-1892
Fax: 847-963-1893

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