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Special Education Instructional Resources

This video highlights Tennessee teachers as they discuss how to increase access to core instruction by differentiating for all students through universal design for learning principles.

Alternate Academic Diploma Course Requirements

On January 26, 2018, the State Board of Education approved the addition of the alternate academic diploma within High School Policy 2.103. In order to meet the 22 credit requirement, students pursuing the alternate academic diploma (AAD) may be enrolled in their courses using the AAD course codes and taught according to the AAD course requirements. The course requirements below are based on the Tennessee Academic Standards and outline the expectations for a student working towards the AAD.

AAD Middle School (5-8) Course Requirements

AAD High School Course Requirements

 

PLEP & Intervention Resources

Tiered Intervention Guidance for Students with IEPs 

Speech-Language Assessments to Inform Eligibility and Present Levels

 
 

Math Resources: Assessments to Inform Present Level

This document has been designed to provide various math assessments that will inform PLEPs (Present Levels of Educational Performance) for the IEP writing process. The PLEP should provide the foundation for the data-based decisions the IEP team is required to make with regard to a student's goals, supports, accommodations, modifications, and services for the next year. The PLEP also provides information for selecting appropriate interventions and supports and services, including LRE.

This document will assist the educator in choosing appropriate assessments to inform each PLEP (i.e., math calculation and math problem solving) and ultimately inform aligned, deficit-based interventions in the area of math.

Reading Resources: Reading Intervention Programs and Supplemental Materials

Reading Resources: Assessments to Inform Present Levels

This document has been designed to provide various reading assessments that will inform PLEPs (Present Levels of Educational Performance) for the IEP writing process. The PLEP should provide the foundation for the data-based decisions the IEP team is required to make with regard to a student's goals, supports, accommodations, modifications, and services for the next year. The PLEP also provides information for selecting appropriate interventions and supports and services, including LRE.

This document will assist the educator in choosing appropriate assessments to inform each PLEP (i.e., basic reading, reading fluency, and reading comprehension) and ultimately inform aligned, deficit-based interventions in the area of reading.

TCAP-Alt Assessment Content Modules

TCAP ALT Science Content Module Module Overview Standard Codes Grade Level

Module 1: Life Science: Structure and Function/Growth and Development of Organisms

The module provides an overview of the science concepts, content, and vocabulary related to Life Science: Structure and Function/Growth and Development of Organisms and provides suggested teaching strategies and ways to support transference and generalization of the concepts, knowledge, and skills.

  • 3.LS1.1
  • 5.LS1.1
  • 7.LS1.1
  • 7.LS1.4
  • 7.LS1.5

3, 5, 7

Module 2:Life Science: Energy Flow

The module provides an overview of the science concepts, content, and vocabulary related to Life Science: Energy Flow and provides suggested teaching strategies and ways to support transference and generalization of the concepts, knowledge, and skills.

  • 4.LS2.1
  • 4.LS2.3
  • 6.LS2.2
  • 6.LS2.3
  • 7.LS2.1
  • 7.LS1.9
  • 7.LS3.2

4, 6, 7

Module 3: Life Science: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

The module provides an overview of the science concepts, content, and vocabulary related to Life Science: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems and provides suggested teaching strategies and ways to support transference and generalization of the concepts, knowledge, and skills.

  • 3.LS4.1
  • 4.LS2.5
  • 4.LS4.1
  • 5.LS3.2
  • 6.LS2.4
  • 6.LS2.6
  • 6.LS4.1
  • 7.LS3.3
  • 8.LS4.1
  • 8.LS4.4

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Module 4: Physical Science: Forces and Motion

The module provides an overview of the science concepts, content, and vocabulary related to Physical Science: Forces and Motion and provides suggested teaching strategies and ways to support transference and generalization of the concepts, knowledge, and skills.

  • 3.PS2.1
  • 5.PS2.1
  • 5.PS2.3
  • 5.PS2.4
  • 8.PS2.3
  • 8.PS2.4

3, 5, 8

Module 5: Physical Science: Definitions of Energy

The module provides an overview of the science concepts, content, and vocabulary related to Physical Science: Definitions of Energy and provides suggested teaching strategies and ways to support transference and generalization of the concepts, knowledge, and skills.

  • 3.PS3.1
  • 4.PS3.1
  • 4.PS4.1
  • 6.PS3.1
  • 6.PS3.3
  • 6.PS3.4
  • 8.PS4.1

3, 4, 6, 8

Module 6: Physical Science: Structure of Matter

The module provides an overview of the science concepts, content, and vocabulary related to Physical Science: Structure of Matter and provides suggested teaching strategies and ways to support transference and generalization of the concepts, knowledge, and skills.

  • 3.PS1.1
  • 3.PS1.3
  • 5.PS1.1
  • 5.PS1.4
  • 7.PS1.3
  • 7.PS1.4
  • 7.PS1.6

 

3,5,7

Module 7: Earth Science: Earth Materials and Systems

The module provides an overview of the science concepts, content, and vocabulary related to Earth and Space Science: Earth Materials and Systems and provides suggested teaching strategies and ways to support transference and generalization of the concepts, knowledge, and skills.

  • 3.ESS2.1
  • 3.ESS2.3
  • 4.ESS2.2
  • 6.ESS2.5
  • 8.ESS2.5
  • 8.ESS3.1

3,4,6,8

Module 8: Earth Science: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

The module provides an overview of the science concepts, content, and vocabulary related to Earth Science: Human Impacts on Earth Systems and provides suggested teaching strategies and ways to support transference and generalization of the concepts, knowledge, and skills.

  • 3.ESS3.1
  • 4.ESS3.1
  • 6.ESS3.1

3,4,6

Module 9: Earth Science: Earth and the Solar System

The module provides an overview of the science concepts, content, and vocabulary related to Earth Science: Earth and the Solar System and provides suggested teaching strategies and ways to support transference and generalization of the concepts, knowledge, and skills.

  • 3.ESS1.1
  • 4.ESS1.2
  • 5.ESS1.4
  • 5.ESS1.5
  • 8.ESS1.2

3,4,5,8

Module 10: High School Biology I – Life Science: Structure and Function/Growth and Development

The module provides an overview of the science concepts, content, and vocabulary related to High School Biology I  Life Science: Structure and Function/Growth and Development and provides suggested teaching strategies and ways to support transference and generalization of the concepts, knowledge, and skills.

  • BIO1.LS1.1
  • BIO1.LS1.3
  • BIO1.LS1.6

High School

Module 11: High School Biology I – Life Science Energy Flow

The module provides an overview of the science concepts, content, and vocabulary related to Life Science: Energy Flow and provides suggested teaching strategies and ways to support transference and generalization of the concepts, knowledge, and skills.

  • BIO1.LS2.2
  • BIO1.LS2.3
  • BIO1.LS2.4
  • BIO1.LS2.5

High School

Science Module 12 High School Biology – Life Science: Variation of Traits The module provides an overview of the science concepts, content, and vocabulary related to Life Science: Variation of Traits and provides suggested teaching strategies and ways to support transference and generalization of the concepts, knowledge, and skills

BIO1.LS3.3

BIO1.LS4.1

Biology
TCAP ALT Social Studies Content Module
Module Overview
Standard Codes
Grade Levels

Grade 3  

This module addresses the use of maps to locate relative positions and major physical features in the world and North America. It addresses the exchange of goods and services and covers the structure and purpose of government.

  • 3.3
  • 3.4
  • 3.18
  • 3.22
  • 3.26

3rd

Grade 4  

This module addresses the reasons for European exploration of the Americas, reasons for settling the colonies, and the benefits of cooperation with American Indians. It covers early exploration of land west of the Appalachian Mountains. The module addresses the causes of the American Revolution and the importance of the Declaration of Independence. 

  • 4.4
  • 4.10
  • 4.18
  • 4.20
  • 4.23
  • 4.28

4th

Grade 5

This module addresses sectional differences that led to the Civil War, main events of the war, and the roles of key people. It addresses the need for the South and Tennessee to move toward industry after the war and introduces the inventors, entrepreneurs, and other key people who lead American industrialization.

  • 5.2
  • 5.6
  • 5.12
  • 5.15
  • 5.27
  • 5.37

5th

Grade 6

This module addresses the location and physical features of Mesopotamia, factors that caused Mesopotamian societies to grow, and key accomplishments of people in that region. It also addresses important achievements of ancient Egypt, development of the ancient Israelites, and the significance of Abraham and Moses.

  • 6.8
  • 6.12
  • 6.13
  • 6.19
  • 6.40

6th

Grade 7

This module addresses trading centers that developed into centers of culture and learning in West Africa and the factors that helped the development of states and cities. The module addresses the rapid development of China during the Song Dynasty, and the spread of Chinese technology. The module addresses medieval Europe’s social organization and economy. It covers the emergence of a modern economy in Europe.

  • 7.13
  • 7.16
  • 7.22
  • 7.23
  • 7.33
  • 7.41

7th

Grade 8

This module addresses the founding of Plymouth Colony and the key people involved. It addresses the causes, major battles, leaders, and events of the American Revolution. The module covers the principles of the U.S. Constitution and the purposes of government.

  • 8.3
  • 8.22
  • 8.25
  • 8.33

8th

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