Approval, Accreditation, and Accountability Rule Development
The Nebraska Department of Education is required to accredit and/or approve all schools in Nebraska, guided by current Rule 10: Regulations and Procedures for the Accreditation of Schools and Rule 14: Regulations and Procedures for the Legal Operation of Approved Nonpublic Schools. As part of its commitment to advancing equity, the State Board of Education directed the NDE to begin a process for revising and reinterpreting these rules in the Fall of 2018.
During this revision process the NDE created three separate, but interrelated, draft rules for approval, accreditation, and accountability of public and non-public schools.
Approval outlines the minimum standards for a school to operate. Accreditation emphasizes quality of programming and a focus on continuous improvement. Accountability uses data to inform stakeholders how a school is performing.
A survey was created and implemented for individuals to provide feedback concerning the draft rules. This survey closed on June 30, 2021. The NDE is now analyzing this feedback as part of the revision process.
- For a high level overview of the new three rule structure, including a timeline of the revision process, please click the following link: AQuESTT System of Approval, Accreditation, and Accountability
- For an in-depth analysis of specific changes found in the new draft regulations, please click the following link: AAA Rule Changes
- A draft copy of the Approval Rule can be found here: Approval Rule
- A draft copy of the Accreditation Rule can be found here: Accreditation Rule
- A draft copy of the Accountability Rule can be found here: Accountability Rule