July 9, 2008
STATE ED BOARD MEETS MAY 7-8, DISCUSSES NEW TESTING LAW
The State Board of Education will review an implementation plan that shows how schools will meet the requirements of a new state testing law as well as a transition plan that shows how the new testing law will meet federal Department of Education requirements under No Child Left Behind.
The State Board of Education will meet Wed. and Thurs., May 7-8, at the State Office Building, 6th Floor, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln. The work session begins at 1 p.m., Wednesday, and the regular meeting at 9 a.m., Thursday.
The board also will consider:
- Approving the state plan for implementing the new statewide testing law.
- Review revised state reading standards.
- A report on the recertification of state aid to schools.
- At 3 p.m., presentations by several entities interested in carrying out a nationwide search for a Commissioner of Education.
- Proposed Rule 21 revisions designed to simplify Nebraska’s teacher certification process by removing unnecessary barriers for educators who are coming to or returning to Nebraska from other states or countries as well as those who are re-entering the profession after their certificates have expired.
- Proposed Rule 23 revisions that increase flexibility for teacher education candidates required to take a basic skills test (PPST) by allowing them to use a composite score to pass that test and waive the basic skills requirement for teachers who have taught at least three years in another state.
- Providing the Commissioner the authority needed to contract with Richard Schoonover for the position of Student Achievement Coordinator related to the Learning Community in the Omaha metro area.
- A presentation “Regional Labor Market Analysis for Nebraska Statewide,” by Fernando Lecuona, Commissioner of Labor.
The work session and meeting may be viewed at many county extension offices and school district offices across the state on NebSAT Channel 105.
However, because of scheduling conflicts, some offices may not make the broadcast available. Those interested in viewing the State Board of Education meeting should call their local site in advance to confirm the availability of the broadcast. The State Board of Education meeting agenda is available on the Nebraska Department of Education website at www.nde.state.ne.us/StateBoard/agendas.html.