State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Alabama

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 6 Ala. Code § 16-28-3
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before September 1 Ala. Code § 16-28-4
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-out: Age 6, parental waiver. Ala. Code § 16-28-3
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Full-Day Admin Code: 29051.01
How many hours are required for grades K-3? Approximately 1080 hours required per year, or, the same schedule as the elementary school in which the kindergarten program takes place. Ala.Code 1975 § 16-13-231, AL ADC 290-5-1-.01
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? 1:18 Ala. Admin. Code 290-5-1-.01
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Early Child Development Certificate, birth to age 4. Early Childhood Education Certificate, pre-kindergarten to grade 3. Elementary Education Certificate, kindergarten to grade 6. Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.04.01;
Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-2-.05
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Assistance programs are available at each school for at-risk students performing below state standards. Assistance programs may include: summer school, after-school, or Saturday school tutorial programs. 16-6B-3
Is there a third grade retention policy? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Understanding social and emotional development is part of the Alabama Core Teaching Standards; teacher preparation in Elementary Education requires that assessment of instruction promote social and emotional development Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.03
Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.06

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