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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 Course Requirements

PLEP & Intervention Resources

Tiered Intervention Guidance for Students with IEPs 

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

This module addresses the internal and external macroscopic structures organisms have that allow for growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction. 

  • 3.4.1
  • 4.1.1
  • 7.1.3
  • 7.1.5

3, 4, 7

Module 2:Life Science: Energy Flow

This module addresses how food provides animals to materials and energy needed for body repair, growth, warmth, and motion. It addresses how plants use energy from light to make sugars through photosynthesis. It covers how, within individual organisms, food is broken down through a series of chemical reactions that release energy.

  • 3.2.1
  • 3.3.1
  • 4.2.1
  • 5.2.1
  • 5.3.1
  • 5.3.2
  • 6.2.2
  • 7.3.1
  • 7.4.2

3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Module 3: Life Science: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

This module addresses organisms and their need for particular environments. It addresses how natural selection acts over generations and allows species to adapt to changes in environmental conditions.

  • 3.5.1
  • 4.4.1
  • 4.5.1
  • 6.2.4
  • 7.4.4
  • 8.5.2
  • 8.5.5

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Module 4: Physical Science: Forces and Motion

This module addresses the effect of unbalanced forces on an object resulting in a change of motion. It addresses the fact that some forces act through contact and some forces act even when the objects are not in contact.

  • 3.11.1
  • 3.12.1
  • 3.12.2
  • 4.11.2
  • 4.11.3
  • 5.12.1
  • 5.12.2
  • 7.11.3
  • 7.11.4
  • 8.12.1
  • 8.12.2

3, 4, 5, 7, 8

Module 5: Physical Science: Definitions of Energy

This module addresses how energy can be moved from place to place by moving objects, or through sound, light, or electrical currents. It addresses how energy can change types, and how it can be tracked through physical or chemical interactions.

  • 3.10.1
  • 4.10.1
  • 6.10.2
  • 6.10.3
  • 6.10.4

3, 4, 6

Module 6: Physical Science: Structure of Matter

This module addresses how to identify particular materials by measuring a variety of observable properties. It addresses the fact that matter is composed of atoms and molecules and how that fact can be used to explain the properties of substances, diversity of materials, states of matter, phase changes, and conservation of matter.

  • 4.10.2
  • 5.9.1
  • 5.9.3
  • 8.9.1
  • 8.9.2
  • 8.9.6
  • 8.9.10
  • 8.9.11


4, 5, 8

Module 7: Earth Science: Earth Materials and Systems

This module addresses how water, ice, wind, organisms, and gravity break rocks, soils, and sediments into smaller pieces and move them around. It addresses how energy flows and matter cycles within and among Earth’s systems, and discusses the sun and Earth’s interior as primary energy sources.

  • 3.8.2
  • 4.7.1
  • 5.8.1
  • 5.8.2
  • 6.8.2
  • 6.8.4
  • 7.7.5
  • 7.7.6

3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Module 8: Earth Science: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

This module addresses the societal activities that have had major effects on the land, ocean, atmosphere, and even outer space. It addresses how societal activities can also help protect Earth’s resources and environments.

  • 3.7.4
  • 4.7.2
  • 5.2.3
  • 7.7.7

4, 7

Module 9: Earth Science: Earth and the Solar System

This module addresses the solar system and that it contains many varied objects held together by gravity. It addresses how solar system models explain and predict eclipses, lunar phases, and seasons.

  • 6.6.3
  • 6.6.6
  • 6.6.7
  • 8.12.6

6, 8

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

This module addresses that systems of specialized cells within organisms help perform essential functions of life and that any one system in an organism is made up of numerous parts. It addresses how feedback mechanisms maintain an organism’s internal conditions and mediate behaviors.

  • 3210.1.3
  • 3210.1.5
  • 3210.1.6

High School

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

This module addresses how, through cellular respiration, matter and energy flow through different organizational levels of an organism as elements and are recombined to form different products and transfer energy. It addresses that only a fraction of matter consumed at the lower level of a food web is transferred up, resulting in fewer organisms at the higher levels.

  • 3210.2.2
  • 3210.3.1
  • 3210.3.3

High School

Module 12: High School Biology I – Life Science: Variation of Traits

This module addresses how genetic and environmental factors affect the variation and distribution of traits in a population. It addresses that natural selection occurs only if there is variation in the genes and traits between organisms in a population. It covers how traits that positively affect survival can become more common in a population.

  • 3210.4.4
  • 3210.4.5
  • 3210.5.1
  • 3210.5.3

High School

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

Grade 3 Module 1: Geography of North America

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


Grade 3 Module 2: Geography of Europe and Africa

This module addresses the use of maps to locate physical features of Europe and Africa. It addresses imports and exports of European and African countries.

  • 3.42
  • 3.44
  • 3.49
  • 3.52


Grade 4 Module 1: Early Explorers, Settling the Colonies, and the War for Independence

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


Grade 4 Module 2: The New Nation’s Westward Expansion (1790-1830)

This module addresses the Southwest Territory, Louisiana Purchase, and Indian Removal Act, including the map locations and key people involved in each. It addresses the effect geography and climate had on the settlers traveling on overland trails to the West.

  • 4.45
  • 4.47
  • 4.48
  • 4.56


Grade 5 Module 1: The History of America: Prior to Civil War, The Civil War, and Industrial America

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


Grade 5 Module 2: The History of America: The Roaring Twenties and The Modern United States

This module addresses key people of the women’s suffrage movement and Tennessee’s role in it. It addresses the impact of the Great Depression, and the key events and struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. The module also addresses the significant role Memphis, Tennessee played in popular music.

  • 5.46
  • 5.49
  • 5.64
  • 5.65


Grade 6 Module 1: World History and Geography: Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, and Ancient Israel

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


Grade 6 Module 2: World History and Geography: Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome

This Module addresses how the geographical location of ancient Greece fostered Greek trade and cultural influence. It covers the origins of direct and representative democracy in Greece. The module addresses how the geographical location of ancient Rome shaped Roman society and expanded its political power. It covers ancient Roman contributions to democratic principles, literature, art, architecture, engineering, and technology.

  • 6.47
  • 6.49
  • 6.61
  • 6.63
  • 6.70


Grade 7 Module 1: World History and Geography: Africa, China, and Middle Ages in Western Europe

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


Grade 7 Module 2: World History and Geography: The Renaissance and The Age of Exploration

This module addresses the effects of reopening the ancient Silk Road, and advances made in literature, the arts, science, mathematics, cartography, engineering, and the understanding of human anatomy and astronomy. The module addresses European countries’ exploration and reasons for successes in colonizing North America. It covers exchanges of goods and services among Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, and the effect on economy and society.

  • 7.45
  • 7.48
  • 7.71
  • 7.74


Grade 8 Module 1: United States History and Geography: Colonialism, Development of a New Nation, and The Constitution and Foundation of the American Political System.

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


Grade 8 Module 2: United States History and Geography: Growth of the Young Nation, The Sectionalism of the American North, South, and West, Slavery in America, and The Civil War

This module addresses leaders, events, and impact of western expansion on Tennessee’s development and statehood. It covers the causes of the Texas War of Independence and the impact of discovery of gold in California on the United States economy. The module addresses the abolitionist movement, the geographical differences between the North and South, and significant writings and speeches by Abraham Lincoln.

  • 8.39
  • 8.59
  • 8.63
  • 8.66
  • 8.72
  • 8.76



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