Hanover Research

School Improvement In-Depth Interviews (October 2022) 

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Hanover Research conducted 15 qualitative interviews with District Superintendents, School Principals, Educational Service Unit (ESU’s) and District Instructional and Staff Development Leaders from across the state of Nebraska. The 15 participants self-selected to be interviewed out of an NDE supplied list of 27 educators. These participants wanted to be interviewed and to inform this study, and these research findings should be interpreted with that understanding.

Key Findings:

  • Data-Based Decision Making
  • Continuous Improvement as Education Practice
  • Continuous Improvement Tools and Practices
  • Collaboration and Communication
  • School Success and Improvement: Vision
  • School Success and Improvement: Challenges and Recommendations

Data Literacy Workbook for On-Site Volunteers (February 2022) 

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This workbook supports External Teams who conduct on-site visits for Nebraska Continuous Improvement. Team members will use the toolkit when preparing for External Visits to guide responsibilities and provide specific, meaningful feedback. Members of the Host School can also benefit from interacting with the Data Literacy Workbook and understanding purposes and use of data.

District Continuous Improvement: Review of Literature and Practice (August 2021) 

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This report summarizes both literature on CI and details on the practice of using CI within K12 settings. In particular, this report is designed to support decision-making and planning around the Nebraska Department of Education’s (NDE) framework for district-level CI and the accompanying guidance and resources to support district use and implementation. Whenever possible, this report highlights practical examples and insights from the perspective of State Departments of Education.

Infographic for Continuous Improvement (October 2021)

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The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is in the process of updating and refining its Continuous

Improvement Process and Procedures in accordance with Section 009 of NAC 92 Chapter 10 (2015).

This infographic provides an overview of Continuous Improvement (CI) along with important background context on how CI can be used to achieve higher levels of accountability within schools.

Continuous Improvement is a fundamental part of accreditation regulations in Nebraska and woven into each tenet of the AQuESTT model. NDE will work to ensure a greater and intentional focus on the key components of CI shown to be most important and relevant for K12 schools.

Updated March 9, 2023 10:01am