Nebraska Department of Education

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

ESSA is the nation’s education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. In order for Nebraska schools to access the funds provided from this Act, the Nebraska Department of Education submitted a statewide plan to describe how we will leverage these funds to provide equity and college and career ready experiences for all Nebraska students. ESSA Webpage

Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System

The Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS), pronounced “en-skass,” is a new statewide assessment system that embodies Nebraska’s holistic view of students and helps them prepare for success in postsecondary education, career, and civic life. It uses multiple measures throughout the year to provide educators and decision makers at all levels with the insights they need to support student learning.

Data and Reporting

Nebraska Education Profile (NEP)

The NEP is a data platform designed to help our schools, districts, and parents more easily uncover the information they need. The NEP provides information and data about Nebraska public schools and student performance.

Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow (AQuESTT)

AQuESTT is Nebraska’s accountability system, an integration of accountability, assessment, accreditation, career education, and data to provide continuous support for school improvement. Together, we’re building a broader, bolder, and better education system for all Nebraska students.

Data Reporting System (DRS)

The DRS data profile was created to organize data that schools and districts may use to make those school improvement decisions. The profile saves users time in formulating the data by providing a ready-made set of reports that are intended to inform the school improvement process.

The NDE Leadership Blog

The purpose of the NDE Leadership Blog is to discuss various topics concerning the educational landscape in Nebraska today.  Each blog is written by a member of the NDE Leadership team. Our newest blog was written by Chief Academic Officer Dr. Cory Epler and addresses the need for quality instructional materials for every student. Please take a moment to read the blog and feel free to join the discussion! 

The Strategic Plan

Nebraska’s education vision for the next ten years.

The Strategic Plan unifies and strengthens positive outcomes for each and every Nebraskan through bold and achievable goals. The Vision and Direction not only outlines the critical needs and strengths within our education system, but also reflects innovative approaches to ensure each Nebraskan has equitable access to opportunities and are ready for success in postsecondary, career, and civic life.

Media Releases


The State of Nebraska (State), Department of Education, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, is issuing this Request for Information RFI NDE-21st CCLC-2018 for the purpose of gathering information to consider providers of statewide program evaluation services and continuous improvement processes, including web-based tools for grant administration.

More information can be found on the Request for Information RFI NDE-21st CCLC-2018 page.