The Nebraska Department of Education measures instructional time for student graduation in instructional units with one unit being the equivalent of 15 hours of class time. Avoid the hassle of hand calculating the number of instructional units a student has accumulated by associating time with courses in jmc. Simply enter the number of minutes for a course section to estimate the number of instructional units students have earned for each course and over their high school career.
To assign instructional minutes for an individual course, head to Schedules > Course > Edit Course Data.
Step One: Enter a course name or number in the "Find" field to edit an existing course.
Step Two: Click the "State Specific Section" tab to edit details for each section of the course.
Step Three: Click the "Edit" link next to a section to begin making changes to section data.
Step Four: Enter the appropriate number of minutes in the "Instructional Time Planned" field to indicate how many instructional units should be calculated by the state for that section.
Helpful Tip: Understanding the significance of NDE's Rule 10, which defines one instructional unit as 900 classroom minutes, is crucial for accurate planning and reporting of instructional time. For instance, to reflect a typical semester-long course of 5 instructional units, enter "4500" in the "Instructional Time Planned" field, and for a typical year-long course of 10 instructional units, enter "9000" to ensure proper planning and adherence to regulations.
Fun Fact: The default value in the "Instructional Time Planned" field is "1." A value of "1" in the "Instructional Time Planned" field indicates that the value has not been manually set by the school and may be over-written using the "Mass Assign Course/Section Data" process.
Step Five: Click the "Update" link to save your changes or click the "Cancel" link to discard changes made to the course data.