Accelerated Placement

The Champaign Unit 4 School District Board of Education believes that all students across the achievement spectrum should be challenged and supported to develop their potential. For some students needing a higher level of instruction, the District has a policy for evaluating students for possible accelerated placement.

Unit 4 offers formal acceleration for students interested in early entrance kindergarten through high school. To qualify for acceleration, students are given a series of assessments that include but are not limited to standardized tests, student achievement data, and screening processes. 

What is Accelerated Placement?

Accelerated placement is placing a student at the instructional level that best matches the student's needs by allowing access to a curriculum that is usually reserved for children who are older or in higher grades. Accelerated placement options include early entrance to kindergarten and first grade, acceleration in an individual subject, and whole grade acceleration.

Please see the Accelerated Placement policy for all information related to this process. If you have questions, please contact Jonnell Basket, Director of K-8 Teaching and Learning, at 217-351-3703 or

If you are interested in having your child tested for early entrance to kindergarten, grade acceleration, or single subject acceleration, please submit this form by May 21, 2021.

On May 22, 2021, you will receive an information packet to complete about your child and test date preference form. K-5 acceleration testing will occur in the first two weeks of June. Early entrance kindergarten* screening will occur in July. The assessment will be an in-person, online assessment for current grade K- 5 students and an in-person, play-based/classroom-simulation assessment for students seeking early entrance kindergarten.

*Please note that students qualifying for early entrance kindergarten will be placed at a school where space is available.

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