Alabama: College and Career Policies

As per Alabama Administrative Code 290-3-1-02(8) and (8)(a), 4 credits of English are required to graduate.

In November 2010, Alabama adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) along with selected Alabama standards.

In the 2013-14 school year, Alabama began rolling out new assessments aligned to the CCRS. The new assessments are being used to gauge how well students are mastering the standards and, ultimately, how ready students are for college and further career education and training.

Additionally, Alabama requires the following to graduate: Electives, Career And Technical Education, Foreign Language, Arts, Career Preparedness, Health, and Physical Education.

Alabama updated the Health Education standards in 2009.

In order for administrators to renew their certificate, they must complete Continuing Education Units.

Content standards in Mathematics were originally developed in 2010. They are minimum and required (Code of Alabama, 1975, §16-35-4). They are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Alabama updated the Arts Education standards in 2006.

As per Alabama Administrative Code 290-3-1-02(8) and (8)(a), Alabama requires 4 credits of math to graduate.

Alabama updated the Arts Education standards in 2006.

In the 2013-14 school year, Alabama will begin rolling out new assessments aligned to the CCRS. The new assessments are being used to gauge how well students are mastering the standards and, ultimately, how ready students are for college and further career education and training.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards .The Alabama State Board of Education shall choose 
the tests to be used, grades to be administered, and when chosen tests shall be administered.

Alabama updated the Physical Education standards in 2009.

Alabama updated the Career and Technical Education standards in 2008.

Alabama follows 12 standards for professional development.

Alabama updated the Driver and Traffic Safety Education standards in 2007.

Alabama's new science standards have been recently adopted in the fall of 2015, for implementation in the 2016-2017 school year.

State Board of Education has the authority to make rules surrounding teacher training and certification due to its own executive order.

As per Alabama Administrative Code 290-3-1-02(8) and (8)(a), 4 credits of science courses are required to graduate in Alabama.

EDUCATEAlabama is Alabama's educator evaluation system.

Alabama updated the Social Studies standards in 2010.

The Alabama State Board of Education oversees the Alabama teacher certification process and dictates the requirements needed in order to become certified within the state.

As per Alabama Administrative Code 290-3-1-02(8) and (8)(a), 4 credits of social studies are required to graduate in Alabama.

In order to obtain an Alabama teaching license, an applicant must meet, but is not always limited to, the following requirements: must have at least a BA Degree, completed an Alabama approved teacher certification program, and received passing scored on the required assessments.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards.

The Alabama College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS), which are based on the Common Core State Standards, are a set of academic standards for math and English being taught in K-12 classrooms across Alabama. Academic standards are expectations for what students should know by the end of each school year. Alabama's standards focus on helping our students gain a deep understanding of concepts being taught and how they apply to real life. Alabama's State Board of Education has the sole authority over what standards (expectations) our state adopts. Local school systems still develop their own curricula (how it's taught) and choose their own textbooks. Individual teachers still develop their own lesson plans.

The Alabama State Board of Education evaluates and approves professional teacher preparation programs.

In order to renew certification, teachers must provide the necessary information and participate in professional development activities.

In order to be approved as listed in 290-3-3-.02, programs must show content and pedagogical knowledge, have linical partnerships and practice, prove candidate quality, recruitment, and selectivity, have program impact, and provide quality assurance and continuous improvement.

Alabama updated the Languages other than English standards in 2006.

Alabama updated the English Language Arts standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.