Sample Documentation for Minutes Bill Compliance for 2015-16 School Year
11.19.2015 — HB 2610 changed the unit of measure for required instruction from 180 days to 75,600 minutes and defines a day of instruction as 420 minutes.
While the bill is effective this school year, there is no requirement that districts modify information submitted through PEIMS or TEDS until the 2016-17 school year. Districts are, however, required to maintain local documentation that is sufficient to prove that the district met the minimum required 75,600 minutes. It should show the instructional days and start and end times for the 2015-16 school year. TEA has said it will examine this documentation in any attendance audits relevant for the 2015-16 school year.
Hudson ISD superintendent Mary Ann Whiteker has shared a spreadsheet that outlines how her district will document minutes at the campus level. The data in the spreadsheet aligns with the information that TEA has said districts need to maintain for this first year. Included is information on start and end dates for multiple reporting periods, school day minutes, weekends, holidays, staff development waiver days, and shortened school days, among other data.