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July 31, 2014

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July 31, 2014

 2014-2015 Staff Reporting Open:  August 4  - Due:  September 15
Contact: NDE Helpdesk (888-285-0556 or nde.helpdesk@nebraska.gov)

The 2014-2015 Staff Reporting collection will open Monday, August 4th.  State statute requires Public Districts and NonPublic Systems to submit a Fall Personnel Report by September 15.  The NSSRS Staff Reporting data collection is located under the “Student & Staff (NSSRS)”tab in the portal.  Special Purpose Schools (State Operated), Education Service Units and Interim Programs (Rule 18) should report during this timeframe as well.  Options for submission are online entry and upload.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Federal Programs...But Were Afraid to Ask
Contact:  Diane Stuehmer (diane.stuehmer@nebraska.gov or 402-471-1740)

Thank you to all who attended this conference on Tuesday, July 29.  Please help us out by providing feedback about the conference.  A short post-conference survey is available at the following link:  http://goo.gl/yfZYSr

Summer School Supplement (CDC collection) - Open: August 1 Due: August 16
Contact:  NDE Helpdesk (888-285-0556 or nde.helpdesk@nebraska.gov)

The Summer School Supplement will open in the CDC on August 1.  This collection is due on August 16 with the audit window closing on August 31.  At the end of each regular school term the Nebraska Department of Education collects the attendance data for each school district and system in Nebraska.  State total ADA is reported to the U.S. Department of Education and is used in formulas for allocating federal entitlement for Title 1, Impact Aid, Indian Education and other federal programs.

The federal government requires that the total aggregate days of attendance for summer school be added to the total aggregate days of attendance for the regular school term to provide the numerator for the calculation of state Average Daily Attendance (ADA).  The denominator for this calculation is the average number of days in session during the regular school year.  In this collection, Districts will report the total Prorated Days of Attendance for their Summer School Program.  Only Public Districts are required to complete this form.

Superintendent/ESU Administrator Transparency Act (CDC Collection) Due: AUGUST 1
Contact:  NDE Helpdesk (888-285-0556 or nde.helpdesk@nebraska.gov) –

As a result of LB 470, all public school district Superintendents and ESU Administrators are required to file an approved contract and any amendments to NDE by August 1 of each school year.  This collection should be updated throughout the current year if amendments are approved by the District School Board or ESU Board.

Even if you have uploaded your document, please be sure that the portal administrator checks on the Assurances and Submits and Approves the collection.

High Ability Learners (HAL) – NDE Portal Collection - Open July 25 - Due August 29
Contact: Mary Duffy (402-471-0737 or mary.duffy@nebraska.gov)

High Ability Learners (HAL) 14-15 Applications for Base Only and Base and Matching Funds AND 13-14 Budget and Year-End Reports; due no later than 11:59 PM, August 29 with an audit window close date of September 15. HAL is an online submission under the Data Collection tab in the NDE Portal. The collection will close at that time and only those reports entered will be considered for HAL grants.

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

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.

State of the Schools Report (SOSR) Calendar for 2014
Contact: NDE Helpdesk (888-285-0556 or nde.helpdesk@nebraska.gov)

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. 

Date

Activity

Public/District

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

Public

Oct. 29, 2014

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

Public

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

Public

        Information in red added July 17, 2014
  
NeSA-RMS Key Dates
Contact: Valorie Foy (402-471-2495 or valorie.foy@nebraska.gov)

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:   http://www.education.ne.gov/Assessment/Index.html

HOW TO CONTACT THE NDE HELPDESK

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.  

OR

  1. Email:  nde.helpdesk@nebraska.gov

OR

  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.  
THANK YOU!

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Contact:  NDE Helpdesk (888-285-0556 or nde.helpdesk@nebraska.gov)

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 http://www.education.ne.gov/ndebulletins/index.html. 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
ginny.carter@nebraska.gov  402-471-2369
Helpdesk:   Toll Free 888-285-0556
Email:  nde.helpdesk@nebraska.gov