School Time Lab: Academic Policy, Compliance and Contracts as They Relate to Use of School Time

School Time Lab in the Office of Postsecondary Readiness leverages academic programming to strengthen practice and provide policy implications system-wide. These modules, developed by School Time Lab in conjunction with the Office of Academic Policy, are designed to provide information and guidance to help schools focus on effectively using time within the school day to support college and career readiness outcomes.

Each module, varying in length from five to fifteen minutes, can be viewed as a stand-alone component in any order depending on the school’s academic programming needs.


  • Session 1: Credit Bearing Unit of Study
    This session discusses the parameters for awarding credit for units of study in New York State.
  • Session 2: Interdisciplinary Programming
    When appropriate, Interdisciplinary Programming can be a powerful and effective way for students to learn. Through illustrative examples, this session discusses how the learning standards from two different content areas can be combined in a single course.
  • Session 3: Blended and Online Courses
    Blended and Online Courses can enhance the teaching and learning experience. This session discusses the definitions of blended and online courses and the fundamentals of implementation.
  • Session 4: Courses with Off-Site Components or External Partnerships
    Internships and service-learning experiences can be very powerful educational experience and an important part of a school’s culture. This session discusses internships in terms of content, credit, systems and structures and how schools should to document off-site components.
  • Session 5: Credit Recovery
    Credit Recovery may be a viable option for eligible students to make up credit through targeted, intensive instruction in the student’s identified deficiency areas of a course. This session discusses Credit Recovery policies and uses illustrative examples to help clarify the appropriate use of credit recovery.
  • Session 6: Independent Study
    Independent study provides the opportunity for individual students who are on track to graduate to earn elective credit under the direction of a teacher. This session discusses the parameters for providing students independent study opportunities.
  • Session 7: Math & Science Extensions and Science Labs
    Students may complete extended math and science courses, earning up to 4 credits in any course designed to culminate in a Regents exam. This flexibility can be used in several ways to support students who are struggling to master course content. This session discusses the appropriate use of extended courses and provides examples of how these courses can be implemented.
  • Session 8: Physical Education
    Throughout high school, students must accumulate a specific distribution of 4 credits of physical education. This session discusses models for meeting the physical education requirement.
  • Session 9: English as a Second Language
    Updated Information Coming Soon.
  • Session 10: Advisory
    Schools are increasingly looking to integrate youth development into the school day and Advisory is one way to do that. Advisory can be very beneficial to students and the school community, whether it is credit bearing or not. This session discusses advisory courses.
  • Session 11: Systems and Structures
    This session discusses systems and structures schools should maintain to ensure they are creating, implementing, and documenting offerings that are fully compliant. This session includes system and structure topics pertaining to course accreditation, evaluating a unit of study, attendance, class size and off-site premises offerings.
  • Sessions 12, 13 & 14: Compliance & Contracts – Coming Soon

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