No. IDEAL-NM provides online courses to students in partnership with New Mexico schools. IDEAL-NM does not award credit for courses. The enrolling (partner) school awards credit for courses completed through IDEAL-NM.
IDEAL-NM charges schools course enrollment fees. These fees cover the cost the eTeacher/instruction for the course. Most IDEAL-NM courses are textbook independent (with the exception of some AP courses and English Language Arts courses), so the school/district will not incur any costs related to textbooks. An enrollment fee schedule can be accessed on the resources page.
During the summer and regular school year, schools may pass the cost of the online course to the student/parent in the following cases:
During the summer and regular school year, schools may not pass the cost of the online course to the student/parent in the following cases:
Any core IDEAL-NM course may be taken for credit recovery. School site coordinators should let the IDEAL-NM student services coordinator know if a student is trying to recover credit so that the eTeacher may be notified to provide more direct instruction.
Yes. IDEAL-NM offers College Board approved Advanced Placement courses. Please visit www.ideal-nm.info to access a list of courses and to download a printable catalog.
With the exception of some Advanced Placement and English Language Arts courses, IDEAL-NM courses do not require textbooks.
IDEAL-NM courses are taught by licensed New Mexico teachers with endorsements in the content areas they teach. While some of our teachers reside in other states, most live in New Mexico and are teaching full time in a local school.
IDEAL-NM courses are asynchronous—students and teachers access the courses at different times. The courses are delivered via the learning management system (LMS) and are designed to be interactive and engaging.
Through various communication tools within the learning management system (i.e., discussion board, messaging, and chat) students interact with each other and their teacher on an ongoing basis. Courses have web conferencing capability, which enables live interaction between teachers and students for individual and group instruction or for parent/student/teacher conferences.
Each course includes a pacing guide that can be adjusted for different completion time frames to accommodate traditional and block schedules and to allow students to individually determine pace. However, all courses must be completed within an 18-week time period.
Typically students enroll in one or two IDEAL-NM courses that are part of their regular school schedules. The school site coordinator determines student enrollment (academic level, number of courses, and pace). However, we do not recommend that students who are new to online learning take more than one course the first time and no more than two courses at a time thereafter.
After a review from NCAA, NCAA determined that IDEAL-NM courses are not eligible for NCAA approval. IDEAL-NM does not meet the Student-Teacher Interaction, according to their criteria.
While IDEAL-NM courses do not meet NCAA’s criteria for student to teacher interaction, students interested in taking an IDEAL-NM course may still do so and be eligible to play college sports based on other courses taken through their local district. When considering which IDEAL-NM courses to take, talk to your counselor to be sure that the core courses for NCAA are addressed with courses you have taken at your local school site.
Public and charter school students must enroll through their local schools. The enrolling school provides the space, technology and support and awards credit for courses. IDEAL-NM provides the online course taught by a licensed New Mexico teacher and support services to ensure students are successful in the online environment.
Homeschool students have two options for enrolling in IDEAL-NM courses:
Home school course fees:
$250 per enrollment (.5 credit/semester course) for general education courses
$300 per enrollment (.5 credit/semester course) for Advanced Placement courses
Parents and students are advised that IDEAL-NM courses are taught by licensed New Mexico teachers. IDEAL-NM eLearning courses are rigorous, and meet or exceed state content standards with benchmarks and performance standards.
Home school students are also advised not to postpone course assignments and fall behind in their classes. Courses must be completed on time; extensions are rarely granted. Home school students are monitored by the IDEAL-NM student services coordinator.
As per the requirements of statute, students enrolled in nonpublic schools may participate in the distance learning courses offered by IDEAL-NM if the school in which the student is enrolled enters into a contract with the school district in which the nonpublic school is located.
The Distance Learning Rule does not stipulate the form or contents of the contract. To facilitate timely access to needed coursework, nonpublic schools may register students directly with IDEAL-NM by indicating that a contract is in process, and to whom the course fee invoice should be sent.
The school site coordinator has access to the student information and learning management systems. It is the site coordinator’s responsibility to monitor student progress within these systems using the tools that are available. Additionally, teachers send academic watch reports weekly for students not logging in regularyly or for those earning below a 60% in a course. The student success coordinator phones parents and site coordinators if a student does not make progress after three academic watch reports have been sent.
Site coordinators and learning coaches have access to the student information and learning management systems. Within these systems, tools are available for tracking and monitoring student progress.
Site coordinators and learning coaches have access to student grades in the learning management and student information systems. They also have the ability to access and print out student transcripts. IDEAL-NM provides a percentage grade and it is the enrolling school’s responsibility to translate the percentage grade into a letter grade per district policy and to record grades on students’ transcripts.
Report the Staff ID in the Course Instructor template for distance learning teachers as 888888888 (Distance learning including Internet based classes). Do not submit these records in the Staff and Staff Snapshot templates.
No, teacher code 88888888 is not included in the HQT reporting formula.
The above information is adapted from the STARS manual published on NMPED's website. Search for STARS in the A-Z Directory then look for the manual or search for STARS MANUAL.
Yes. School site coordinators are responsible for notifying IDEAL-NM of students with disabilities or limitations. This identification occurs when the site coordinator creates a student account in the student information system and marks the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) block on the registration form. Additionally, site coordinators are responsible for submitting IEP accommodations to the student services coordinator. IDEAL-NM eTeachers make the necessary accommodations in accordance with students’ IEPs/504s and in collaboration with the onsite school staff.
The NMTEACH Observation Rubric has been adapted to address the online learning environment. The NMTEACH Online Teacher Rubric is used to observe IDEAL-NM teachers. Teachers are not entered into the NMTEACH database, nor are formalized multiple measures included in IDEAL-NM eTeacher evaluations. Student surveys have always been a practice at IDEAL-NM, and the feedback from these surveys is given directly to eTeachers as are the formal observation results for Domains 1, 2, 3, and 4.
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