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SLP: Why Can’t I Find an Alignment Document?


Most course offerings are associated with a standards alignment document within the Course Syllabus that describes which specific academic content standards are addressed by the instructional content, learning activities, and/or assessments in various units or lessons within a course. There are a handful of reasons, however, why some offerings may lack an alignment document. This document lists those reasons.


  1. The course offering is for a grade level or age group for which subject-specific academic standards do not apply (e.g., postsecondary, college courses offered for dual enrollment).
  2. The course addresses unique subject matter for which there are no associated standards in the Michigan Academic Standards, nor are there any nationally recognized set of academic standards for this course material (e.g., some unique career interest electives).
  3. The offering is not for an academic course, and is not intended to generate academic credit on a student’s school transcript (e.g., an online summer camp or an online supplemental program intended to provide additional practice or remediation).
  4. The course is a brand new offering, and the alignment document will be coming soon after the course development has been completed. In such cases, you will be sent to a unique Course Alignment Document page stating, “The alignment document for this course is still under development; please check back soon to view it when it becomes available.”

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.