SB1156 – Changes to Full-Time Equivalency (FTE) Determination

September 8th, 2017

SB1156 was approved this spring, updating instructional time requirements for students attending high school.

School Finance is currently writing guidance on this recent change and in the interim encourages all local education agencies (LEAs) to adhere to the wording of the bill as much as possible. Please see the Arizona State Legislature website for the text of the bill: http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/53leg/1R/laws/0333.htm.

A few key items to keep in mind:

  • Full-time enrollment still requires 4 or more subjects, each of which must meet 123 hours during the year.
  • Time for lunch, study hall, and other scheduled time which contributes to the academic success of the students may only be used for the difference between the 720 hours required annually and the instructional time for the 4 or more subjects.
  • Time other than the 4 or more subjects which is counted toward the 720 hours must be scheduled within your student information system just as the subjects are.

When the guidance is completed it will be posted on the School Finance webpage: http://www.azed.gov/finance/.