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July 17, 2014

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July 17, 2014

Closing/Changes to ILCD Website and Archiving Data
Contact:   Your NDE Regional Representative or Adria Bace at adria.bace

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is implementing a revised accountability framework designed to more directly support States in improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities, and their families. The Special Education ILCD website is being altered to document requirements of Results Driven Accountability (RDA).

The NDE Special Education Office will close the ILCD site starting August 1 to deploy changes and move to a new server.  Our current ILCD system that displays district data around eight INQUIRES including self-assessment ratings by the districts will be archived and no longer available to district staff.   If ILCD teams wish to copy their previous year(s) INQUIRY data, it will be available for copying by the districts until July 31, 2014.  After July 31, districts will not have visible or copying access of their Inquiries from the ILCD website.  Previous district File Review data including Corrective Action Plans for Part B and C, Determinations and Performance reports will continue to display on the revised ILCD website.

The ILCD site will re-open the end of August.  NDE staff and ESU facilitators will be working with districts throughout the 2014-15 year to implement district requirements for RDA.
If you have any questions, please contact your NDE regional representative or

2014-2015 NSSRS Data Manager Rules and NSSRS Validation Errors
Contact: NDE Helpdesk (888-285-0556 or

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, additional rules will be added to the NSSRS Data Manager file upload process to help ensure quality data.  For the most part, these rules replace validation errors that were previously located in the NSSRS Validation website.  A list of the new Data Manager rules, along with a list of NSSRS Validation errors being retired, can be found on the NSSRS Resources website at

New Superintendents – 2014-2015 School Year
Contact:  NDE Helpdesk (888-285-0556 or

If your district/system has a new Superintendent for the 2014-2015 school year, please have them contact the NDE Helpdesk to get set up on the NDE Portal as the new District Administrator for your District.  We will provide them with the district admin activation code specific to their district.  The previous District Admin will also need to be removed. The Helpdesk can also provide them with information on where instructions are located for the District Administrator Responsibilities and assigning activation codes.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Federal Programs—But Were Afraid to Ask
            Conference Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 23
Contact:  Diane Stuehmer (402-471-1740 or

The NDE Federal Programs Team is holding a conference, “Everything You Wanted to Know About Federal Programs…But Were Afraid to Ask,” on Tuesday, July 29 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Kearney.  There is no cost to attend this conference.
This is the day before “Administrators’ Days.”  Conference registration will be from 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.  The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a break for lunch on your own.  The day will include sessions that will NOT be part of “Administrators’ Days” presentations.

Part of the day will include a general session and the remainder will include break-out sessions.  When the schedule has been finalized, it will be posted on the NDE Federal Programs webpage ( We are not planning to have paper handouts, but will have power points and other information posted prior to the conference.

Information on the following will be included throughout the day:
*Title I-A (Educationally Disadvantaged)
*Title II-A (Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting)
*Title III (Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Education)
*REAP (Rural Education Achievement Program)
*Homeless Education (including McKinney-Vento Act)
*21st Century Community Learning Centers Program
*Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
*Title I Accountability (AYP, Needs Improvement, Persistently Low-Achieving Schools)
*Equitable Service for Non-public Schools/Students
*Time and Effort Reporting
*Steps to completing an application in the Grants Management System (GMS)
*Allowable Expenditures
*Submitting Reimbursement Requests & Needed Documentation
*Parent Engagement
*Preparing for NCLB Consolidated Program Monitoring
*Other More General Information

Click this link to register for the conference:
Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 23, 2014


2014-2015 McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Competitive Grant
Contact:  Cathy Mohnike  ( or 402-471-1419)

The 2014-2015 McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Competitive grant application became available in the GMS on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 and will be due by midnight on Friday, July 25, 2014.


State of the Schools Report (SOSR) Calendar for 2014
Contact: NDE Helpdesk (888-285-0556 or

The following provides the dates when data and decisions will be available for review in the 2014 SOSR Preview prior to public release.  Once the Report Card is released to the public, the data will not be changed so it is important for Districts to review their data.  The 2014 SOSR Preview will be available through the NDE Portal. 




Aug. 25, 2014

2013-2014 SOSR District Preview opens with the following data:
Data from End-of-Year NSSRS Reports
Preliminary AYP results for the 30 day review
NeSA Reading, Math and Science and Grade 4 Writing
      results (disaggregated)
NePAS without graduation data or ranking

District only

Sept., 24, 2014

Last day AYP Appeals will be accepted

District Only

Oct. 8, 2014

PLAS review begins on 2013-2014 SOSR District Preview

District Only

Oct. 22, 2014

SOSR 2013-2014 Report Card released to the public


Oct. 29, 2014

PLAS list added to the Public SOSR 2013-2014 Report Card


Nov. 14, 2014

NePAS released with Graduation data and ranking, drop-out data added to the 2013-2014 SOSR District Preview

District Only

Nov. 21, 2014

NePAS released with Graduation data and ranking, drop-out data added to the Public SOSR 2013-2014 Report Card


Information in red added July 17, 2014

NeSA-RMS Key Dates
Contact: Valorie Foy (402-471-2495 or

Key dates for NeSA-RMS are presented in the following table



NeSA WebEX on Reporting

July 14-16*

Provide District Access to NeSA RMS reports and Data File on eDirect

July 16*

Deliver printed NeSA and NeSA-AA ISRs

August 4*

                *Dates in table were updated April 3, 2014
Additional information on NeSA testing is available at the Statewide Assessment Website:


There are three ways to contact the NDE Helpdesk with questions. 
All three ways get to the same place, so please only use one of the following options.  
If you send more than one request this may delay our response as we coordinate all requests.

  1. Submit a “Helpdesk Request” from your portal account.  After logging into the NDE Portal, it is available in the upper right corner of the Collection Announcement page.  This will be the fastest way to get your request to the NDE Helpdesk.  


  1. Email:


  1. Call Toll Free:  888-285-0556

Please leave your full name, organization, call back number and a brief description of your question.

ALSO:  If you have contacted your area’s NDE Trainer or Program Staff person, please do not also contact the Helpdesk.  Multiple contacts will delay the response.  

NDE Bulletin now available in RSS Feed
Contact:  NDE Helpdesk (888-285-0556 or

We have added an RSS feed that users can subscribe to.  Don’t forget that the current and past NDE Bulletins can always be found at The RSS feature can be found at the above webpage in the upper right hand corner (orange icon).  RSS feeds can be used with Outlook and a number of web-based feed readers.  At this time we will also continue to send the bulletin out via e-mail. 

Ginny Carter, Helpdesk Manager
Nebraska Department of Education - Data, Research and Evaluation
301 Centennial Mall South - Lincoln, NE  68509  402-471-2369
Helpdesk:   Toll Free 888-285-0556