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.
NEBRASKA DEPUTY COMMISSIONER SCOTT SWISHER LEADS DEPARTMENT
Nebraska Deputy Commissioner Scott Swisher assumed the leadership role for the Nebraska Department of Education on July 1, taking on the duties of the Commissioner of Education after Roger Breed retired at the end of June.
Dr. Swisher has served as deputy commissioner for four 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.
Education Commissioner Retired June 30th
Commissioner of Education, Dr. Roger Breed, retired on June 30, 2013, after serving as Commissioner since 2008. The Nebraska State Board of Education is currently conducting a national search for the next Commissioner of Education for Nebraska. For additional information, please refer to our home page under "Commissioner of Education Search Details".
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