Nebraska Adult Education and GED®

Program Year 2020 Continuation Grants

In preparation for Program Year 2020, beginning July 1, 2019 only those local program providers awarded Adult Education and Family Literacy Act funding during the Program Year 2019 request for proposals (RFP) are eligible for a continuation of services grant for PY20. 

Nebraska Adult Education will announce all future request for proposals for Adult Education and Family Literacy Act funding on this website and broadcast the announcement on our Facebook page as well as publish in statewide news publications.

Program Year 2019 AEFLA Grant Award Winners

Central Community College Adult Education
Program Director:  Ann Chambers

Crete Public Schools Adult Education
Program Director:  Diane Bruha

Mid-Plains Community College Adult Education
Program Director:  Robin Rankin

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
Program Director:  Jean Slieter

Northeast Community College
Program Director:  Nancy Schultz

Metropolitan Community College
Program Director:  Tammy Green

Plattsmouth Community Schools
Program Director:  Tallie VanWesten

Southeast Community College
Program Director:  Diane Vesely-Robb

Western Nebraska Community College
Program Director:  Mary Kay Versen

The application period for Adult Education and Family Literacy Act funding is now closed.  Current applicants have until April 5, 2018 5:00 CST to submit their application for consideration.

March 8, 2018 – See AEFLA RFP Application Frequently Asked Pages under “Adult Education” tab

March 7, 2018 – See Pre-Bidder’s Conference Questions and Answers under the “Adult Education” tab

February 21, 2018 – See Grant Opportunities and Grant Resources under the “Adult Education” tab

February 16, 2018 Pre-Bidder’s Conference PowerPoint Presentation


Nebraska Adult Education, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) announces the availability of funding for basic skills improvement activities, high school equivalency test preparation activities, English language acquisition activities, corrections education and Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education activities for the 2019 Program Year, July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. The proposed Request for Proposals is currently in federal compliance review and should be published by mid-February, 2018.  Please check this webpage for availability. Nebraska Adult Education estimates that approximately  $2 million will be available statewide. Total award amounts will be contingent on the amount of the Federal Grant Award to Nebraska Department of Education as the State Eligible Agency.

Additional information, updated RFP timeline dates and other pertinent information including “how to apply” will be updated here as it becomes available. Interested applicants may submit an intent to apply request to:

AEFLA Grant Pre-Bidders Conference

A pre-bidders conference will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. CST at the Nebraska State Office Building, Lower Level Conference Room A, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509. The conference will be held from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. CST.   Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions related to the AEFLA grant completion.  Nebraska Adult Education staff will be present to provide an informational guidance session and to answer questions.

Remote access to the conference will be available through conference call for those not able to attend in person. Callers will use the following instructions to complete their call:
Dial the Conference Access Number:  1-888-820-1398  Enter the Attendee Code: 5531930#
The conference will not start until the moderator joins.  Attendee Quick Commands:  *0 Operator Assistance – *6 Mute/Un-Mute Own Line

Adult Education and Nebraska GED®

The revised Rule 81 (Rules and Regulations for the High School Equivalency Program),  effective April 27, 2016 confirms that the State of Nebraska has adopted the updated passing score for each of the four GED® tests as recommended by GED® Testing Service. The passing score is now 145 instead of 150. The GED® with Honors score has been replaced by two new score levels that show a graduate is ready for college or a career-training program, and in some cases eligible to earn college credits: GED® College Ready (165-174) and GED® College Ready + Credit (175-200).

The new score levels represent the full range of abilities of today’s high school graduates, whether the person is meeting minimum graduation standards or ready for college and beyond. An extensive analysis of GED® test takers and high school graduate data was examined to determine this score change.

If you took a GED® test module between January 1, 2014 and April 26, 2016 and earned a score between 145-149 on that subject, your records have been updated to show that you have passed that test. If, because of this change, you’ve now passed all four GED® test subject areas, you are eligible to receive a State of Nebraska Department of Education High School Diploma* and should soon receive the information that you’ll need to obtain your Diploma and/or Official Transcripts through the Nebraska Department of Education. If you have not received notification through the mail from the State Department of Education 14 days after you have received email notification from GED® Testing Service that you’ve passed all four tests, contact

*See Rule 81 for diploma qualifications

Thank you for visiting the home page of the Nebraska GED® and Adult Education programs. From this page you can request duplicate GED® diplomas, GED® transcripts and find the Nebraska GED® testing center and/or Nebraska Adult Education classes nearest you. Read testimonials from successful GED® graduates. Test-takers can also register online by visiting You will see test centers located closest to the address you provide.

The section of the Nebraska Department of Education is responsible for statewide planning and evaluation, promoting interagency cooperation and coordination, public education and awareness, teacher training, curriculum research and development, resource inventory, staff assistance to local programs, funding, and program and project development at state and local levels.


Our mission is to provide educational opportunities for adults to improve their literacy skills to a level requisite for effective citizenship and productive employment. This includes preparation for and successful completion of the high school equivalency program.

Interested in Distance Education?

Nebraska Adult Education offers two programs. Contact your local Adult Education program or call 877/327-6433 for more information.

USA Learns is an online instructional program for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. It was originally developed by the US Department of Education, but is now administered through the Sacramento County California Office of Education. The program is free; it can be utilized both in and out of the classroom. Students must attend class along with utilizing USA Learns outside the classroom. It has three distinct courses: beginning, intermediate, and high level; the three main areas of learning are: survival skills, workplace skills, and the practice of reading and writing.

I-Pathways is an online instructional program designed for the GED® prep student; one who scores at least at the 9th grade level on the TABE reading, level D assessment. Nebraska offers it as a hybrid model in which a student comes to class at least two times a month to check-in with the instructor. AE programs do offer appropriate students the online instruction option after the TABE pre-testing is done and the instructor visits with an individual to determine if he/she is a good candidate for distance learning.

Reality Check Video

During the Career Pathways workshops this past summer, we showed the video Reality Check. That particular version was written for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program here at NDE.  We then asked the creator, Kevin Fleming, to change parts of it so that the entire video addresses our AE students.

Library Materials Available for Check Out to
Nebraska’s Adult Education Staff

The State ABE Office of NDE has a lending library of materials for both AE and ESL. Some are for instructors and others are resources containing practical ideas and exercises to be used with students. Read the descriptions and if you should decide you would like to peruse some, please call or e-mail Tate Lauer at 402/471-4807 –  Many of the resources contain EXCELLENT material for students struggling in specific areas. Other materials would make WONDERFUL additions to, or a basis for staff development sessions. If you would like to preview or discuss any of the materials, just drop in or contact Tate. Materials can be checked out for 6 weeks (longer if not in demand).

How to Request GED® Records

All requests for duplicate diplomas, transcripts and verification of GED® completions must be in writing. No confidential information will be given out over the telephone. The $2 fee (payable to the Nebraska Department of Education) is required for transcripts and duplicate diplomas.
Verification requests from potential employers, background investigators, and/or others must include a signed release from the individual along with the person’s printed name, date of birth, and approximate year of successful completion. These requests may be scanned and emailed to or faxed to 402/471-0117. Please allow 48 hours for verification requests; two weeks for duplicate diploma and transcript requests. Contact us.

GED® Advisory

Please be advised that the State of Nebraska High School diploma can be neither earned nor obtained via the Internet or through correspondence programs. If you take a test on the Internet that claims to be the GED® Tests, it is not a legitimate program. The tests of General Educational Development (GED® tests) developed by the General Educational Development Testing Service of the American Council on Education (GED® Testing Service) require extensive preparation and the demonstration of a high level of high school knowledge and academic skills.

The GED® tests are administered in Nebraska only at official GED® testing centers under the direction of the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Adult Education section. Any other high school equivalency diploma not issued by the Nebraska Department of Education or other Nebraska GED® testing authority may be of dubious value and may not be accepted by employers, colleges and universities or the military.


Updated March 26, 2019 9:16am