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 - Dr. Roger Breed
Dr. Roger Breed has served as Nebraska’s Commissioner of Education since March 2009. He is committed to improving student achievement and developing a statewide system of support for students and schools. He works closely with state and federal education stakeholders in this quest.
He serves as co-chair of the Nebraska P-16 Initiative and the Chief Justice Task Force for Truancy Intervention. He is also a recent recipient of the Jack Halstrom Friend of Education Award.
Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Dr. Breed served as an educator for nearly forty years in Nebraska. Additionally, he has provided state-wide leadership as an active participant on numerous committees and boards in the areas of state standards, assessment programs, personnel selection and certification, and other significant school policy issues. He has served on the Nebraska State Accreditation Committee, the Executive Board of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators, and the Greater Nebraska Schools Association. From 1991 to 2009, Dr. Breed served as the superintendent of the Elkhorn Public Schools. In 2007, Dr. Breed was recognized by the NCSA as Nebraska’s Superintendent of the Year.
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