Commonly requested information from NYSED
Time Requirements: Class Time & Lab Time (1200 Minutes)
Time Requirements for Class Time and Lab Time in Addition to Class Time for Science Courses
This information was originally posted on the OPHUN-L Listserv for Physics Teachers by Mike Herzog
Commissioner's Regulations (Part 100), July 2000 edition:
Section 100.1, (1), (a): "Unit of study means at least 180 minutes of instruction per week throughout the school year, or the equivalent."
Section 100.5, (b), (7), (iv), (d): "...In order to qualify to take a Regents examination in any of the sciences a student must complete 1200 minutes of actual hands-on (not simulated) laboratory experience with satisfactory documented laboratory reports. The 1200 minutes of laboratory experience must be in addition to the required classroom instruction associated with earning a unit of credit."
How to get copies of the Reference Tables
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Office of Teaching Initiatives
New York State Education Department
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