Appeals Process

  • Naperville Community Unit School District 203 uses multiple criteria in the identification and placement process for academically talented and gifted services. The criteria are used together to determine if placement in Honors Math (HM), Project IDEA (PI), or Project IDEA Plus (PI+) would be appropriate. Each school year, student performance and progress are monitored, and all students are given an opportunity to be screened for placement into academically talented and gifted services. Therefore, your child may be eligible for services in the future even if placement in HM, PI, or PI+ is not appropriate at this time. 

    When is the appeals process appropriate?

    In some instances, a student may demonstrate that further testing for or placement in academically talented or gifted services (i.e., Honors Math, Project IDEA, or Project IDEA Plus) may be appropriate. Under these circumstances, parents/guardians, school personnel, the student, or another individual can initiate the appeals process.

    What are the steps of the appeals process?

    1. The individual initiating the appeal submits the appropriate appeals request form to Learning Services by the due date. Individuals should not ask others to appeal on behalf of the student. The appeals request forms are available at the bottom of this page and at your child’s school when appeals requests are being accepted. Please see the Identification and Placement page for the current timeline with appeals due dates.
      • Submit the appeals request form via email to giftedservices@naperville203.orgor via mail to Learning Services, Attn: Appeals Committee, 203 W. Hillside Road, Naperville, IL 60540.
      • Deadlines for appeals are listed on the appeals request form. Late appeals requests will not be accepted. Please see the Identification and Placement page for the current timeline with appeals due dates.
    2. The student’s parent(s)/guardian(s), teacher(s), and school counselor (at the junior high level) will be informed that the appeals request has been received and that the appeals process has been initiated.
    3. The Appeals Committee, consisting of a team of diverse district professionals, will review the information submitted with the appeals request along with relevant past and present assessment data and academic performance. The committee will come to consensus in making a decision.
    4. The Appeals Committee will communicate the decision regarding the appeal on the date indicated on the current timeline published on the Identification and Placement page of the website to the following:
      • The administration at the student’s school
      • The parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student  

    What are the potential outcomes?

    The Appeals Committee will come to a consensus and provide one of the following decisions:

    • The student is eligible for further testing.
    • The student’s current placement is appropriate.
    • The student is granted provisional placement in the program for which the appeal was submitted, and the student’s provisional placement will be reviewed at the end of each trimester.

    The committee’s decision is final for all placement appeals for the school year. 

    What information is requested?

    An explanation for the appeal should be provided on the appeals request form. As an option, one item that shows the student’s academic ability can also be submitted. Items may include independent student work, an award/recognition, or a letter from an activity sponsor or coach. The item should provide new or additional information to support your appeal. Please do not submit copies of past or present assessments or report cards that are part of the student’s record within the district.

     

     No appeals requests are being accepted at this time.

    Please see Identification and Placement for the current timeline.

     
     
    Please return the appeals request and optional artifact
    via email to Gifted and Talented Services, giftedservices@naperville203.org
    or by mail to Learning Services, Attn: Appeals Committee, 203 W. Hillside Road, Naperville, IL 60540.