TN Department of Education is Seeking Input Regarding the Alternate Academic Diploma

TN Department of Education is Seeking Input Regarding the Alternate Academic Diploma

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has made available to states a diploma option, which will be included in the graduation rate, for students assessed on the alternate assessment. In the Tennessee ESSA plan The Tennessee Department of Education (DOE) has named this diploma the alternate academic diploma. They have drafted a policy and course requirements that will be presented for first read at the next state board of education meeting in October.

The Department of Education hosted a webinar for advocacy groups and agencies on October 2, 2017 and would like your feedback on the proposed policy.  Click here for the recording link. During the webinar the DOE will provide an overview of the proposed policy and course requirements for the alternate academic diploma.

A link will be available AFTER the first read by the state advisory council on October 20, 2017 for comments and feedback.  The link will be open through November.  Your comments and feedback will inform the final version presented to the state board of education in January 2018.

In the meantime, feedback can be submitted via email to Alison Gauld, Tennessee Department of Education at

To download a PDF of the PowerPoint used for this webinar click here.

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