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Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry - College Algebra
2013-14 Statewide Dual Credit Pilot

Fifty high schools from across the state have been selected to participate in a statewide dual credit pilot program for the 2013-14 school year. The program will allow students enrolled in Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry (course code 3124) to earn College Algebra (MATH 1130) credits, which will be accepted by and transferable to any public postsecondary institution in Tennessee.

To earn this credit, students must pass a TDOE-approved statewide dual credit challenge exam that aligns Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry (AAT) with College Algebra. The dual credit challenge exam fee will be waived for the 2013-14 pilot, though we do expect a nominal challenge exam administration fee for students participating in dual credit college algebra in future years.

This statewide challenge exam has been developed by secondary and postsecondary math faculty from various LEAs, colleges, and universities across the state. Statewide dual credit courses do not change the AAT standards approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education.This program provides students with an affordable postsecondary learning experience and the opportunity to earn credits toward a postsecondary degree.

Schools not selected for the pilot this year will be able to participate in this early postsecondary opportunity after course approval by the state board.

Please direct all questions to Emily Carter and Patrice Watson in the Office of Postsecondary Coordination and Alignment at

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a statewide dual credit course?

  • A statewide dual credit course is an existing high school course which is aligned with a TDOE-approved statewide dual credit challenge examination and supplemental resources developed by postsecondary faculty. Students who pass these challenge examinations will earn college credits accepted by all Tennessee public postsecondary institutions. Several statewide dual credit courses are currently under development.
  • Statewide dual credit courses do not alter or replace existing local dual credit agreements between LEAs and postsecondary institutions. However, these local agreements are not automatically transferable to other postsecondary institutions (unless agreed upon by all parties).
  • For this pilot, students enrolled in Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry will take an online assessment (statewide dual credit challenge exam) testing their knowledge of course content. Students who pass this challenge exam will be considered proficient in College Algebra, and will be awarded College Algebra credits upon matriculation at any public postsecondary institution.

What are the benefits of participating?

  • If your school is selected to implement the pilot course, students enrolled in Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry in 2013-14 will have the opportunity to earn transferable College Algebra credits before graduating high school by taking an online assessment.
  • College Algebra is included in several Tennessee Transfer Pathways, and it meets the general education math requirement for many degree programs.
  • Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry teachers will receive professional development and supplemental materials which will help them align the Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry standards to the postsecondary learning objectives measured by the statewide dual credit challenge exam (online assessment).
  • Your school’s participation will contribute to a more effective statewide dual credit program and will help to expand early postsecondary opportunities for your students and for students across Tennessee.

What is required in order to participate?

  • Any participating school must offer AAT during the 2013-14 school year.
  • At least one Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry teacher from each pilot school must attend two days of professional development (dates listed below).Any participating school must agree to administer the statewide dual credit College Algebra challenge exam to all Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry students at the end of the course, using an online assessment provided by the state.
  • During the 2013-14 pilot year, we will offer the dual credit College Algebra pilot challenge exam to participating students at no charge.
    • While we hope to continue offering the dual credit challenge examinations at no charge indefinitely, the dual credit assessment platform and data system are still under development. Dual credit students may incur a nominal testing fee associated with test scoring in future years. We continue to investigate the possibility of fee reductions or waivers for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. More information about dual credit challenge examination fees will be released as it is available.

What resources are available for teachers participating in the pilot?