Provided here are some of the most frequent/important questions received from LEAs with official answers.
1. Can both Algebra I and/or Geometry be taught as two parts?
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.
2. Will Algebra I A and B and Geometry A and B count toward a diploma with advanced academic endorsement?
These courses will count toward a diploma with advanced academic endorsement only if the student has completed Algebra II with Trigonometry at graduation and if the local system allows it.
3. What can a student take after Algebra II (without Trigonometry)?
Algebra II is a terminating course. It should follow Geometry or Algebraic Connections. See pages 126-127 in Appendix B in the 2010 Alabama Course of Study: Mathematics.
4. Can a student earn a math credit for Pre-Algebra in Grade 8 or high school?
5. Can a system choose to deviate from the course progression on page 126 in
the 2010 Alabama Course of Study: Mathematics?
The courses in the progression allow for prerequisites for each course. A student may not take a course at a lower level than courses previously taken. The progression of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II with Trigonometry must be followed. LEAs may, however, submit to the SDE courses, that when approved, will count as one of the four required mathematics credits that follow Algebra II with Trigonometry. See FAQ number 6.
6. Can an LEA offer a mathematics course that is not included in th
the course of study?
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.
7. What professional development will be provided to help teachers implement the 2010 Alabama Course of Study: Mathematics?
Professional development from the SDE will be provided in phases through regional in-service centers, at the MEGA Conference, and in selected local LEAs. Professional development scheduled sessions and materials as well as other resources are posted at http://alex.state.al.us/ccrs.
8. Where can I find course of study standards for Alabama?
The documents may be found at the link below. Documents that have been implemented may be accessed by clicking on the name of the subject area desired. Draft documents and documents that have been adopted but not implemented may be accessed by clicking on Drafts and Periods for Public Review/Input. http://www.alsde.edu/html/CoursesOfStudy.asp
9. Where can I find sample lesson plans and tasks correlated to the ACOS?
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.
10. Why are the Literacy Standards written for only Grades 6-12, but not for K-5?
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.
11. Do the ABCs under the standards have to be mastered?
Yes. The lettered items are part of the standard and all standards must be
12. Is Algebra II or Algebra II with Trigonometry required for graduation?
Yes. In order for all students to graduate College and Career Ready, all students
must complete Algebra II with Trigonometry or Algebra II.
13. Where may I get a hard copy of the 2010 Alabama Course of Study: Mathematics?
A copy may be downloaded and printed by clicking here .