Longitudinal Analysis of HS 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 Health Sciences (HS) 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 HS for that particular school-year. As such, taken as a whole, this chart depicts the relative ebb and flow of “full-time” HS programs in Nebraska. 3
Programs with less than 40 Instructional Units
The chart below provides a summary of Health Sciences (HS) 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 HS for that particular school-year. As such, taken as a whole, this shows the relative ebb and flow of “part-time” HS programs in Nebraska. 4