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Longitudinal Analysis of CIS Programs in Nebraska:
A 30-Year Evaluation of the NDE Curriculum Report

The Nebraska Department of Education’s Curriculum Report was established during the 1979-1980 school year to validate compliance with Rules 10 and 14, i.e. Instructional Units and Percent of Teachers teaching in their Endorsed Area.  However, with the development of the Student Grades Template as part of the Nebraska Student and Staff Record System (NSSRS), the need for the annual Curriculum Report was eliminated and the report was discontinued following the 2010-2011 academic year.

The Curriculum Report was used to collect information from schools such as course codes, minutes per session, and sessions per year in order to determine the number of “instructional units” offered by a school.  Officially, an instructional unit is defined as “15 clock hours (900 minutes) of classroom instruction in a course offered in the secondary school.”  As a point of reference, in general, an average semester-long course is assigned 5 instructional units, whereas an average year-long course is assigned 10 instructional units.

The following career education program information was generated from NDE Curriculum Report data collected between the 1982-1983 (the earliest year of digitized information available) and 2010-2011 school years. 1

Programs with at least 40 Instructional Units

The chart offers a graphic depiction of Communication and Information Systems (CIS) programs in Nebraska over a nearly 30-year period. 2 Each bar represents the aggregate number of high schools that reported offering at least 40 instructional units in CIS for that particular school-year.  As such, taken as a whole, this chart depicts the relative ebb and flow of “full-time” CIS programs in Nebraska. 3

CIS FT

Programs with less than 40 Instructional Units

The chart below provides a summary of Communication and Information Systems (CIS) programs in Nebraska over a nearly 30-year period.  Each bar represents the aggregate number of high schools that reported offering at least one, but not more than 39 instructional units in CIS for that particular school-year.  As such, taken as a whole, this shows the relative ebb and flow of “part-time” CIS programs in Nebraska. 4

CIS PT

  1. Information is not presented for school years 1994-1995, 1996-1997, 1998-1999, and 2000-2001 as the Curriculum Report was not collected by the Nebraska Department of Education during these years.
  2. For the purposes of this report, a CIS program is understood as any amalgamation of courses with NDE Course Codes beginning 27xxxx for the academic years 1982-1983 through 2010-2011.
  3. The term “full-time” is used in this study for descriptive parsimony in describing Nebraska high school’s that reported offering at least 40 instructional units within the CIS career field during a given school year.  It does not reflect an official designation of career education programs by the Nebraska Department of Education.
  4. The term “part-time” is used in this study for descriptive parsimony in describing Nebraska high school’s that reported offering at least one, but not more than 39 instructional units within the CIS career field during a given school year.  It does not reflect an official designation of career education programs by the Nebraska Department of Education.