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Fewer K-12 Students Absent
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Fewer Nebraska students missed 20 days or more of school in 2010-11, compared to 2009-10 data tracking the number and percentage of students absent.




Welcome to the Department of Education

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is a constitutional agency approved by Nebraska voters. The Department operates under the authority of an elected board of education. NDE is organized into teams that interact to operate the agency and carry out the duties assigned by state and federal statutes and the policy directions of the State Board of Education. The teams are organized around distinct functions and responsibilities that encompass leadership and support for Nebraska's system of early childhood, primary, secondary and postsecondary education; direct services to clients; and internal support to the agency.

The department carries out its duties on behalf of Nebraska students in public, private, and nonpublic school systems. The staff of the department interacts with schools and institutions of higher education to develop, coordinate and improve educational programs.

Commissioner Blomstedt

Matthew L. Blomstedt, Commissioner

The Nebraska State Board of Education named Matthew Blomstedt of Central City the new Nebraska Commissioner of Education on Jan. 2, 2013.

Blomstedt previously served as executive director of the Nebraska Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council. He received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; a Master of Community and Regional Planning from UN-L; and, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UN-L.

Scott Swisher

Scott Swisher, Deputy Commissioner

Dr. Swisher has served as deputy commissioner for five years. For 29 years, he has worked in Nebraska as a teacher, principal and superintendent. Before becoming deputy commissioner in July 2009, he was superintendent of Hartington Public Schools.

Dr. Swisher received a Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his Doctorate of Education from the University of South Dakota.

Nebraska Department of Education Mission - Vision - Values


To lead and support the preparation of all Nebraskans for learning, earning, and living.

Partnering for the best education for all . . . for life.


  • Equity of access and opportunity

  • Honesty, integrity, and trust

  • Quality programs and services

  • Visionary and participatory leadership

  • A positive, can-do attitude

  • Accountability for results

  • Respect for individuals and individual differences

  • Equity of opportunities and outcomes

  • Excellence through continuous improvement