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All public school students in grades K-12 in the state of Alabama are eligible to participate in the Superintendents Visual Arts competition.  Only students in grades 7-12 may compete for awards.
Arts Education7/3/2014 3:21 PMCoe Dede
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•  Grades K-6 - Every student in Grades K-6 must have a  
    minimum of 30 minutes of physical education daily, not to
    include lunch or recess.
•  Grades 7-8 - In those schools where Grades 7 and 8 are
   housed with other elementary grades (K-6), the school may
   follow the time requirement listed for Grades 4-6 (30 minutes
   daily) or the time suggested for Grades 7-8 (50 minutes daily).
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:24 AMRay Nancy
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The content standards for all courses or grade levels may be found in the state courses of study. These documents may be accessed by clicking the Standards/COS tab on the Instructional Services webpage.
Instructional Services3/4/2016 9:04 AMCoe Dede
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Michele Matin
mmatin@alsde.edu
Stds/COS12/28/2015 12:24 PMCoe Dede
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Martin Dukes
mdukes@alsde.edu
Textbooks12/28/2015 10:53 AMCoe Dede
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Michele Matin
mmatin@alsde.edu
Math12/28/2015 12:34 PMCoe Dede
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Andy Meadows at 334-353-5798 or
ameadows@alsde.edu
Credit Recovery2/28/2016 2:54 PMCoe Dede
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Andy Meadow at 334-353-5798 or ameadows@alsde.edu 
Credit Advancement3/2/2016 1:31 PMCoe Dede
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Contact Andy Meadows at 334-353-1191 or ameadows@alsde.edu.
Summer School3/1/2017 12:31 PMCoe Dede
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A: The purpose of the team is to make data-based recommendations regarding a student’s academic and behavioral needs. The problem-solving team can be configured by grade-level, department, or any configuration that works best for your school and there can be as many teams as needed. More importantly, there should be experts on the team relative to the grade-level or subject area being discussed. For instance, very little problem-solving or decision-making can occur relative to dyslexia or other reading difficulties if there are no reading experts on the team. Please make sure the appropriate people are involved in the problem-solving process. Focus on the decisions that you anticipate and make sure to bring those experts to the table.
RTI3/7/2016 4:02 PMCoe Dede
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A. The diploma is issued by the Alabama high school or local school system that the student last attended (determined by local board policy).

Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:28 PMCoe Dede
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Implementation is required for the 2014-2015 school year.  Local school systems should use the 2013-2014 academic year to select textbooks and develop local curriculum guides based on the new course of study, as required by law (Code of Alabama, § 16-9-21 and § 16-12-9).
Social Studies7/10/2014 11:50 AMDukes Martin
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No.  Daily physical education is required in Grades K-8 for a minimum of 30 minutes. A separate time should be allotted for the teaching of health education. 
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:24 AMRay Nancy
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No, kindergarten is not mandatory in Alabama; however, all school systems must offer kindergarten programs.
Kindergarten and Pre-K3/2/2016 1:57 PMCoe Dede
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The goal of the Alabama Arts Education initiative is to assure that quality comprehensive arts education programs are established in schools throughout the state providing opportunities for students to learn in, about and through the Arts. A comprehensive arts education program prepares students to think creatively, solve problems, work cooperatively and decelop skills critical for success in the 21st century.
Arts Education7/10/2014 12:29 PMCoe Dede
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Information regarding Pre-K may be found by following the link below to go to the Alabama Department of Children's Affairs - First Class: Alabama's Voluntary Pre-K which is part of the Office of School Readiness.
http://children.alabama.gov/first-class
Kindergarten and Pre-K3/2/2016 1:57 PMCoe Dede
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A: Screening and progress monitoring are not new practices, but what may be new to some is the focus on screening for characteristics of dyslexia. These screenings are not intended to diagnose dyslexia; however, the characteristics of dyslexia are some of the same as all struggling readers, e.g., phonemic decoding efficiency, sight word reading efficiency, and accuracy of word reading in on-grade-level text. The screenings will equip schools to identify students who may benefit from dyslexia-specific interventions and services.
RTI3/7/2016 4:02 PMCoe Dede
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You can find information and examples of math pathways by clicking the link below to access the May 2015 Mathematics Pathways memo.
http://www.alsde.edu/sec/sct/COS/Mathematics%20Pathways.pdf 

Math3/10/2016 9:21 AMCoe Dede
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A. Local schools and/or local school systems will issue both the diploma and transcript.  The cumulative record will include the student’s high school transcript as well as the Adult Education Program HSDO transcript.  There should be a notation on the high school transcript indicating the additional page of the Adult Education Program HSDO transcript.  K-12 should not assign grades and/or graduation credits to the student’s high school transcript for any of the student’s instructional activities included on the Adult Education HSDO transcript
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:28 PMCoe Dede
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No.  As prescribed in the Social Studies Course of Study document, ½- credit will be granted upon completion of U.S.Government; and ½- credit will be granted upon completion of Economics.  All other required course credits in Grades 9-12 are 1-credit courses, not ½-credit courses.
Social Studies7/10/2014 11:01 AMDukes Martin
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No. Physical education must be taught for a minimum of 30 minutes daily.  However, health may be taught on alternate days in Grades K-6 because there is no specified time requirement, only suggested times.  If these two subjects are taught during the same class period, at least 30 minutes must be allocated for physical education, and only certified physical education teachers or certified health teachers may be used to teach the respective subjects. However, teachers who hold dual certification in physical education and health may teach both subjects.
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:24 AMRay Nancy
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The cutoff date is on or before September 1st.  For more information, read Title 16 Education, Chapter 18, Article 1 General Provisions, Section 16-28-4 of the Code of Alabama.
Kindergarten and Pre-K6/30/2016 12:03 PMCoe Dede
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A: The screening data should be analyzed by the problem-solving team (PST) to determine the next steps. Decisions are made regarding academic and/or behavioral services need within a tiered framework. PST guidance would include suggestions of appropriate tiered interventions, including interventions designed to address dyslexia.
RTI3/7/2016 4:02 PMCoe Dede
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Information regarding flexibility for Algebra 1 and Geometry for 7th and 8th grade students can be found by clicking the link below:
http://www.alsde.edu/sites/memos/Memoranda/FY13-2121.pdf#search=Flexibility%20in%20Algebra%20I 
Math3/10/2016 9:42 AMCoe Dede
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A. You may access all Textbook FAQ's by clicking this link:  https://www.alsde.edu/sec/sct/Pages/textbookfaqs-all.aspx?navtext=Textbooks: Textbook FAQs

Textbooks3/25/2016 3:14 PMCoe Dede
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A. The actual date the student completes the graduation requirements for the HSDO will be the graduation date that is listed on the high school transcript and the high school diploma.  The diploma will not be back dated to the date that a student should have graduated from high school.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:28 PMCoe Dede
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Daily physical education classes for all students in Grades K-8 must be taught or supervised by teachers certified in physical education. (Alabama State Board of Education Resolution, F-17, February1984).  Grade K-5 teachers must be:
1.  Certified physical education teachers employed to teach
     physical education,
2.   An aide employed to provide instruction in physical
     education while under the supervision of a certified physical
     education teacher, or
3.   Classroom teachers certified to teach physical education
      only to their own students.

When aides or other personnel are used with physical education classes, they must be under the direct supervision of the certified physical education teacher.
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:26 AMRay Nancy
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A: Parents are a very important part of this process and should be kept informed of student progress regularly. You may choose to have them attend PST meetings, or you may decide on another strategy for keeping them informed. The most important thing is to involve them in the process from the beginning. Parents should only participate in discussion involving their own children.
RTI3/7/2016 4:02 PMCoe Dede
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Yes. Algebra I and Geometry can be divided into Parts A and B, provided all the content specified in the course of study is taught and provided that the school schedule accommodates the taking of these four courses in addition to Algebra II or Algebra II with Trigonometry in high school. The course of study lists the standards to be taught in each part of Algebra I and Geometry.
Math4/19/2016 11:07 AMCoe Dede
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A. The student will receive a regular Alabama High School Diploma.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:28 PMCoe Dede
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No. A student must earn a passing grade for each of the two courses specified as requirements for Grade 12.These are separate courses; however, all other social studies required yearly courses necessitate the averaging of two semester grades for one course grade.
Social Studies7/10/2014 10:56 AMDukes Martin
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Grades 6-12 physical education classes must be taught or supervised by teachers certified in physical education.
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:27 AMRay Nancy
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Local public school systems may provide information or you may contact Christine Spear at cspear@alsde.edu.
Kindergarten and Pre-K3/2/2016 1:56 PMCoe Dede
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No. Neither the Alabama Course of Study: Science nor the graduation requirements designate grade levels for specific high school science courses.
Science9/10/2014 8:30 AMCoe Dede
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A: Interventions are designed to increase the skill level of the student, while accommodations provide equal access to the content. Accommodations can range from clarifying directions, shortening assignments, to using technology to assist with the learning process. While accommodations are not interventions, they may be necessary and can be provided regardless of whether the students has an IEP or 504 Plan. Additionally, it is possible for a student to receive both accommodations and interventions to meet their needs.
RTI3/7/2016 4:02 PMCoe Dede
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Standards for Grades K-5 for reading and writing literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects are integrated into the Grades K-5 English language arts Reading and Writing Standards.
Math4/19/2016 11:34 AMCoe Dede
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A. Some school systems may charge HSDO students a diploma fee.  The diplomas are ordered through a vendor, and the same fee is charged to traditional high school students.  Currently, it is the responsibility of the HSDO student to pay the diploma fee if the school/school system charges a diploma fee.  To assist with any hardship cases, you may wish to see if any churches or organizations in your community would like to be sponsors for students who are unable to pay the fee.

Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:28 PMCoe Dede
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P-12 Class B certification in physical education.  Certification or endorsement in adapted physical education is no longer required. 
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:27 AMRay Nancy
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Alabama Administrative Code Rule 290-5-1, states the minimum standards for kindergarten programs in Alabama schools, sets the daily schedule for kindergartens:  "The beginning and ending times of the school day in kindergartens shall be the same as the schedule of the elementary schools in the systems of which they are a part."
Kindergarten and Pre-K3/2/2016 1:55 PMCoe Dede
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A. The process is initiated by the student requesting that a transcript audit be sent from the local highs school or school system last attended to the participating local Adult Education program.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:28 PMCoe Dede
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No. The course content of a one-credit social studies course, as prescribed by the new Alabama Course of Study: Social Studies, is designed for 140 clock hours of instruction. A course may only be taught in two parts for two credits if so stipulated in the course of study. (Any deviation would require an exemption from the State Superintendent of Education.)
Social Studies7/10/2014 11:09 AMDukes Martin
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No.  The LIFE course was first included in the 1997 Alabama Course of Study:  Physical Education and became effective in the fall of 1998.
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:30 AMRay Nancy
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A: Intervention times will vary based on the needs of the students and sometimes the requirements of the intervention being implemented.
RTI3/7/2016 4:02 PMCoe Dede
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LEAs may submit a course to the SDE for approval. Upon approval, a Subject & Personnel code number will be assigned and the course may be taught as one of the four mathematics courses required for graduation. Courses not approved to replace a required course may still be taught as a mathematics elective in addition to the four required courses
Math4/19/2016 11:07 AMCoe Dede
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A. The preferred method is for transcript audit forms to be sent electronically from the local high school or school system to the Adult Education Program However, the Transcript Audit Form may be accepted from the student if the form is within a sealed envelope and contains the official school seal. (This change in policy, effective 3/31/17, no longer requires both an official high school transcript and the transcript audit form - now the transcript audit form will suffice.)

Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:28 PMCoe Dede
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Yes. Advanced Placement United States History covers two full years of regular United States History. It covers  United States History to 1877 and  United States History from 1877-Present.  Advanced Placement United States History and Advanced Placement European History counts as one (1) full credit each.
Social Studies1/11/2016 1:28 PMCoe Dede
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Yes, with an approved waiver from the State Superintendent of Education, physical activity-based courses such as marching band and athletics may be substituted as specified in the Alabama Administrative Code. JROTC no longer requires a waiver.
Health and PE7/10/2014 9:50 AMSimpson Bill
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A: No. It is the responsibility of each local district to determine the format and procedure for data collection. There must be documented evidence of students’ responses to interventions tailored to address students’ academic or behavioral deficits, regular problem solving meetings, and regular communication with parents. 
RTI3/7/2016 4:03 PMCoe Dede
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The RTI contact is Christine Spear. You may reach her at 334-353-1191 or cspear@alsde.edu.
RTI3/7/2016 4:05 PMCoe Dede
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Some materials may be accessed on the Alex Website at http://alex.state.al.us. Additional resources may be accessed on the College- and Career-Ready Standards site at http://alex.state.al.us/ccrs
Math4/19/2016 11:08 AMCoe Dede
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A. Yes, if he or she qualifies.  He or she must meet all eligibility requirements and must request that his or her transcript audit form be sent to the participating local Adult Education Program.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:29 PMCoe Dede
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Advanced Placement American History may be offered in the tenth or eleventh grade. Advanced Placement European History may be offered in the eleventh grade.
Social Studies1/11/2016 1:28 PMCoe Dede
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In a memo from the State Superintendent of Education dated August 1, 2012 this requirement was eliminated.
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:31 AMRay Nancy
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A: Yes. Certification in English language arts is the proper certification to teach reading in grades 6-12
RTI3/7/2016 10:10 PMCoe Dede
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Yes. The lettered items are part of the standard and all standards must be mastered.
Math4/19/2016 11:09 AMCoe Dede
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A. If the student has completed the 2014 GED Test™, then any passing scores for the student may be used to build graduation credit(s).  However, any version of the GED test prior to 2014, may not be used.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:29 PMCoe Dede
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Required instruction for social studies includes content standards, and bullets.
Social Studies7/10/2014 9:47 AMSimpson Bill
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No, waivers are only granted for K-8 students on a case-by-case basis in extreme circumstances. 

In Grades 9-12 there is a distinct process for requesting a waiver substitution for the required LIFE course. The process is as follows:
1. Waivers are granted on a case-by-case basis. The
        superintendent of the school system must submit a
        waiver request letter, to the State Superintendent of
        Education.
2. The waiver request must include assurances that a LIFE
        Planning Template (available from the State Physical
        Education Specialist) to the State Superintendent of
        Education reflecting collaboration with the physical
        education teacher at the school has been developed and
        ensures that students master the 16 content standards for
        high school graduation as outlined in the 2009 Alabama
        Course of Study:  Physical Education.
3. A separate waiver per subject must be submitted.  (E.g.
        football, baseball, cheerleading, marching band,
        majorettes, etc.)
4. The completed signed original LIFE Planning Template
        must accompany the waiver request for clarification of the
        LIFE Plan.
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:34 AMRay Nancy
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Students in Alabama are required to graduate with an Algebra II, Algebra II with Trigonometry, or its substitute.
Math6/21/2016 4:13 PMCoe Dede
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A.  No, this is only for students who complete a GED, per ACCS Board policy.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:29 PMCoe Dede
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Yes. School systems may allow students to take two history courses in one year if they choose to do so and if the purpose is to allow students to take additional social studies or other electives in high school. (There is no necessity for school systems to make this provision in order to allow early graduation from high school.)
Social Studies7/10/2014 11:11 AMDukes Martin
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Waivers, when granted, are limited to a two-year period, at which time the local superintendent must request in writing to the State Superintendent of Education another waiver.
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:35 AMRay Nancy
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A copy may be downloaded and printed by clicking the link below:  http://alex.state.al.us/ccrs/node/74
Math4/19/2016 11:10 AMCoe Dede
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A. Yes, the student may choose to work toward the GED instead of the high school diploma.  However, they may change and choose to pursue the HSDO program at a later time.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:30 PMCoe Dede
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Yes. Content from Alabama History is embedded within social studies courses K-12. There is no required Alabama History course for students in Grades 9-12.
Social Studies7/10/2014 9:48 AMSimpson Bill
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No.  Waivers may be granted only on a case-by-case basis.
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:35 AMRay Nancy
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A. Yes, a 16-year-old already enrolled in an Adult Education Program, may choose to pursue the HSDO option once they turn 17, if they are determined by the Adult Education Program to meet all the eligibility requirements for the HSDO program.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:30 PMCoe Dede
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Yes.  All students are required to take the Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment.  The Alabama State Department of Education (SDE) physical fitness assessment results must be submitted to the SDE for students for whom waivers are granted.
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:37 AMRay Nancy
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TABE?
A. Yes, the student could then opt to participate.  The student would be updated in AAESAP to HSDO status (at the time the programming phase has been completed for AAESAP to include HSDO student information), after the student has met all eligibility requirements.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:30 PMCoe Dede
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All Grade 2 students through Grade 12 are to be tested.  Only students who are 8 years old in Grade 2 will have their data posted into INow.
•  High school students who are enrolled in any physical
   education class that they receive a grade must be tested and
   their data posted in INow.  (e.g. students taking physical
   education electives)
•  Students who have physical education waivers (a granted
    waiver from the State Superintendent) to substitute
    marching band (including majorettes, dance team, flag
    corps), and athletics (including cheerleading) must be tested
    and their data posted in INow.
•   JROTC students must be tested and their data reported in
     INow.
•   Teachers are requested to try and finish testing and posting
     into INow before Christmas Holidays.
•    Scores for both fall and spring are to be posted into INow. 
•    Block schedules will test once during the block and those
      scores posted into INow.

Please refer to the Key Question and Answer page in the Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment Test Administrator Manual for answers to questions.
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:41 AMRay Nancy
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 A student may take a mathematics course that does not repeat content for which the student has already received high school credit.
Math6/21/2016 4:15 PMCoe Dede
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A. No, the student’s last record of high school attendance must be recorded at an Alabama public high school for the student to be eligible to participate in HSDO.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:30 PMCoe Dede
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The SDE does not have a policy concerning co-education or non-coeducation physical education.  The determination of this policy would be that of a local school/school system decision.
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:42 AMRay Nancy
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A.  Yes, if there is official documentation of the student’s successful completion, and the documentation is available for the student’s file.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:31 PMCoe Dede
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A. You can find Session 1 at https://youtu.be/GkCnJG6P3IA

Math2/21/2017 1:11 PMCoe Dede
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No.  Yoga may not be offered during regular school hours or after regular school hours to public school students on a public school campus in Alabama.
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:43 AMRay Nancy
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A.  Yes, those are the only parts that should be considered (social studies and science would not need to be addressed).
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:31 PMCoe Dede
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No.  The determination of this policy is that of a local school or school system decision.
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:43 AMRay Nancy
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A. Only Alabama Adult Education Program personnel may edit HSDO data for past registrations, so the ACCS/AE office must be contacted for assistance.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:31 PMCoe Dede
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Yes.  Health education is required in Grades K-8, and one-half credit of health education is required for high school graduation
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:45 AMRay Nancy
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A. Each Adult Education Program should designate personnel who can review documentation and grant graduation credits.  However, when it is time to forward a HSDO student’s transcript to the school system for issuance of the diploma, the program director is the ONLY local Adult Education Program staff member who can sign and verify the student’s completion.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:32 PMCoe Dede
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The time suggested for the teaching of health education is 60 minutes weekly.
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:46 AMRay Nancy
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A. The Alabama State Board of Education requires 24 credits for graduation; however, some local school systems may require more per local board policy.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:32 PMCoe Dede
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•  In those schools where Grades 7 and 8 are housed with other
   elementary grades (K-6), the school may follow the suggested
   time listed for Grades 4-6 (60 minutes weekly), or
•  The school may follow the time requirement listed for Grades
    9-12 (140 instructional hours during the academic year).
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:47 AMRay Nancy
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A. Completion of the high school diploma should fall under the “Measurable Skill Gain (MSG)” and should not negatively affect the program’s reporting data.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:32 PMCoe Dede
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No.  A separate or additional time would need to be allotted for teaching health since physical education is required for at least 30 minutes daily.

Health and PE7/9/2014 10:47 AMRay Nancy
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in TABE, what will be the process since there is not a science sub- skill test of the TABE assessment?


A. The student will receive instructional assistance in the deficient area (in this example, science).  The student’s plan of instruction must also include the student taking the GED Ready™ and scoring “Likely to Pass” or higher.  In addition, there must be a post-test TABE in reading, with the student scoring 9.0 or higher on TABE Level A.  (This would also apply if the student’s deficient area was social studies, except the student’s POI would include the GED Ready™ test in social studies.)
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:32 PMCoe Dede
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Yes.  If health is taught by a teacher who is certified with one of the following certifications:
Primary P-3, or Elementary 1-6.  When classes are departmentalized, a certified health teacher is required.
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:49 AMRay Nancy
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A. Yes, the local Adult Education Program should cover the cost of the GED Ready™ test for these HSDO students
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:33 PMCoe Dede
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A classroom teacher certified to teach health education only to his/her own students. 

Health and PE7/9/2014 10:49 AMRay Nancy
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A.  Out-of-state students, who last attended an Alabama High School, and completed all required graduation credits, but did not  pass the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE), may participate, on a case-by-case basis, in the HSDO Option 1 only. The out-of-state student participating in the HSDO Option 1 will have a limited plan of instruction (POI), that includes only the ACT WorkKeys Assessment or Prior Learning Assessment.  Any students meeting these criteria should be referred to the Alabama State Adult Education Office:

Danielle Smith, Administrative Assistant
Adult Education Division
Alabama Community College System
135 South Union Street (36104)
P.O. Box 302130
Montgomery, AL 36130-2130
(334) 293-4567
(334) 293-4565 fax
danielle.smith@accs.edu

Unfortunately, Adult Education Programs will not be able to assist out-of-state students needing to build graduation credits (Option 2).
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:33 PMCoe Dede
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Instruction in health education must be provided by certified health teachers. 
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:50 AMRay Nancy
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A. TABE test scores are valid for 270 days from the point the test was taken.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:34 PMCoe Dede
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Yes.  Students in Grades 5-12 must receive instruction about AIDS through the health education program.

Alabama State Board of Education Resolution, August 27, 1987, and October 22, 1987, meetings
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:55 AMRay Nancy
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A.  Yes - they may participate as Option 2 HSDO students.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:34 PMCoe Dede
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No; however, if sex education is taught it must be in compliance of The Code of Alabama which states:
(a) Any program or curriculum in the public schools in Alabama that includes sexual education or the human reproductive process shall, as a minimum, include and emphasize the following:
(1) Abstinence from sexual activity is the only completely effective protection against unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) when transmitted sexually.
(2) Abstinence from sexual activity outside of lawful marriage is the expected social standard for unmarried school-age persons.
(b) Course materials and instruction that relate to sexual education or sexually transmitted diseases should be age-appropriate.
(c) Course materials and instruction that relate to sexual education or sexually transmitted diseases should include all of the following elements:
(1) An emphasis on sexual abstinence as the only completely reliable method of avoiding unwanted teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
(2) An emphasis on the importance of self-control and ethical conduct pertaining to sexual behavior.
(3) Statistics based on the latest medical information that indicate the degree of reliability and unreliability of various forms of contraception, while also emphasizing the increase in protection against pregnancy and protection against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS infection, which is afforded by the use of various contraceptive measures.
(4) Information concerning the laws relating to the financial responsibilities associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and child rearing.
(5) Information concerning the laws prohibiting sexual abuse, the need to report such abuse, and the legal options available to victims of sexual abuse.
(6) Information on how to cope with and rebuff unwanted physical and verbal sexual exploitation by other persons.
(7) Psychologically sound methods of resisting unwanted peer pressure.
(8) An emphasis, in a factual manner and from a public health perspective, that homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state.
(9) Comprehensive instruction in parenting skills and responsibilities, including the responsibility to pay child support by non-custodial parents, the penalties for nonpayment of child support, and the legal and ethical responsibilities of child care and child rearing.

Code of Alabama, 1975, §16-40A-2; Alabama Law (Regular Session, 1992) Act No.
92-590, Section 2
Health and PE7/9/2014 10:54 AMRay Nancy
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A.  Yes, and it is highly recommended.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:34 PMCoe Dede
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A.  No, if the student takes the ACT WorkKeys assessment and is not successful in meeting the requirements, the student must complete a program of study before being administered the ACT WorkKeys assessment again.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:34 PMCoe Dede
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No, however, students are to receive instruction in CPR from an individual who is certified by either the American Heart Association or the America Red Cross.  That individual could be the health teacher who is also a certified CPR instructor or the health teacher could bring in an outside individual who is a certified instructor. The student requirement for certification would be that of a local school system decision.

Alabama Administrative Code, 1975, §16-40-8
Health and PE7/9/2014 11:00 AMRay Nancy
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No, however, students are to receive instruction in CPR from an individual who is certified by either the American Heart Association or the America Red Cross.  That individual could be the health teacher who is also a certified CPR instructor or the health teacher could bring in an outside individual who is a certified instructor. The student requirement for certification would be that of a local school system decision.

Alabama Administrative Code, 1975, §16-40-8
Health and PE7/9/2014 11:12 AMRay Nancy
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A.  Yes, both signatures are required for the Transcript Audit Form to be processed by the Adult Education program.  The original version of the form also required the superintendent’s signature, but after discussion with ALSDE, the superintendent’s signature is no longer required on the Transcript Audit Form.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:35 PMCoe Dede
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A:  As soon as the high school transcript is updated, LEAs must send a copy of the final high school transcript, including the new graduation date, to the local participating Adult Education program.  The graduation date indicated on the high school transcript will be the date Adult Education programs use as the student’s completion date recorded in AAESAP.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:33 PMCoe Dede
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Refer to attachment SBOE Resolution concerning class size.
Health and PE7/9/2014 11:46 AMRay Nancy
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A. Yes, the student can participate as an Option 1 HSDO student. HSDO follows the graduation requirements for that particular cohort of students; therefore, if the student had enough graduation credits but did not pass one or more subtests of the AHSGE, then the student is eligible to participate.
Non-Traditional Diploma9/8/2017 1:33 PMCoe Dede
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ALL physical education instructors who hold Alabama Grades P-12 Certification in Physical Education are required by law to provide instruction to all students (Alabama Administrative Code, Chapter 290-3-3-.33).  Certified teachers of physical education are required to teach the minimum required content as described in the 2009 Alabama Course of Study:  Physical Education.  Requirements for teaching classes that include students with disabilities are as follows:

•  Teach the standards with support, if available, from an
   adapted physical education teacher and/or paraeducator.
•  When teaching the standards make accommodations or
    modifications as needed.
Health and PE7/9/2014 11:46 AMRay Nancy
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Grade 2-12 students who are:
•  enrolled in any physical education class that they receive a
   grade must be tested and their data posted in INow Health.
   (e.g. students taking physical education electives)
•  who have physical education waivers in Grade 9 (a granted 
    waiver from the State Superintendent of Education) to
    substitute marching band (including majorettes, dance team,
    flag corps), and athletics (including cheerleading) must be
    tested and their data posted in INow Health.
•  Grade 9 JROTC students their data reported in INow Health.
Health and PE7/9/2014 12:30 PMRay Nancy
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A. No, an Option 1 student should choose his or her option from the POI for Option 1, and an Option 2 student should choose his or her option(s), depending on the number of graduation credits the student needs to build, from the POI for Option 2.
Non-Traditional Diploma4/7/2017 4:46 PMCoe Dede
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A.  Yes, the student must have participated in an exit interview with their high school administration and provide a signed exit interview form, as well as a notarized and signed letter from his or her parent/legal guardian giving permission for the student to participate in the Adult Education program.
(If the student is court mandated to participate, the student will provide official documentation from the court).
Non-Traditional Diploma4/7/2017 4:51 PMCoe Dede
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A. No, beginning February 1, 2017, a 17 year-old HSDO student is not able to complete the HSDO program and receive his/her high school diploma until September 1st of the student’s high school graduation cohort year.  The student’s graduation cohort year will be determined by the requirements of the local school district, and should be recorded by the K-12 LEA on the Transcript Audit Form. The Adult Education Transcript shall NOT be sent to the K-12 LEA prior to September 1st for these HSDO students.
Non-Traditional Diploma1/31/2017 10:01 PMCoe Dede
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A. Any Option 2 HSDO student who begins the program on February 1, 2017 or after, must have TABE post-test scores for all 3 sub-skill tests, scoring in the Low Adult Secondary Level (grade equivalency of 9.0 or higher), before any HSDO credits will be transcripted to the local school district for the awarding of the high school diploma.  The assessment policy must be followed in regard to the number of instructional hours required before a post-test can be administered.
Non-Traditional Diploma1/31/2017 10:03 PMCoe Dede
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A.  Since an Option 1 student has already completed the required graduation credits needed, the student’s GPA would remain the same as previously earned. 

Because an Option 2 student completes coursework that is essentially pass/fail—it will be impossible for the cumulative GPA to be re-calculated based on this additional coursework.  On high school transcripts, the GPA would remain the same as previously earned.  If additional GPA information is needed, the post-secondary institution would be responsible for recalculating the GPA. 
Non-Traditional Diploma1/31/2017 10:01 PMCoe Dede
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A. No, we are not allowed to count both a high school diploma and high school equivalency (GED); however, gains may be counted for transition to postsecondary or employment (or both).
Non-Traditional Diploma4/7/2017 4:50 PMCoe Dede
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A. Gay Finn is the contact for the Non-Traditional Diploma options. You may reach her at gfinn@alsde.edu or 334-353-1191.
Non-Traditional Diploma2/14/2017 10:35 AMCoe Dede
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A. You can find the recorded version of Session 2 at: https://youtu.be/TTrCUpLiggE
Math2/21/2017 1:08 PMCoe Dede
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