State Board Report
Resolution on Equity in Education
State Board of Education members voted to unanimously approve a resolution on equity in education. The Board commits to championing efforts to keep equity at the forefront of the its mission and to lead the way in addressing inequities of the past by focusing on opportunities to learn for all students. This year’s theme for the Nebraska Department of Education is Champions for Equity in Education.
Board Authorizes Cut Scores for NSCAS Mathematics Assessments
The State Board of Education authorized the Commissioner to set cut scores on the new Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) Mathematics assessment. The new scores were needed after the development of new assessments aligned to the Nebraska College and Career Ready Mathematics Standards.
Funding to Improve Student Health and Academic Achievement Accepted
Board members have approved funding for “Improving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nebraska is one of 17 states to receive this funding and will be given $365,000 annually for five years to improve the health of the state’s kindergarten through 12th-grade students.
Board Approves Priority School Progress Plan for Schuyler Central High School
Schools most in need of support to improve, or Priority Schools, are required to submit a progress plan to the State Board for approval. A progress plan defines the goals and areas for improvement, associated timelines and resources, and evidence to monitor progress for the upcoming year. The progress plan serves as the primary improvement plan for a Priority School and is also part of the continuous improvement plan for the district. The State Board has approved the progress plan for Schuyler Central High school for the 2018-2019 school year.
Nebraska Teacher of the Year Presentation
Nebraska’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Michelle Helt presented an update on her busy year to the Board. Michelle had many opportunities to travel including a trip to Washington D.C. where she visited the White House and had separate meetings with the President, Vice President, and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. She also had the opportunity to visit NASA’s Space Camp and has presented as Teacher of the Year at a number of different conferences in Nebraska, including Administrators’ Days – NDE Day in Kearney, NE on July 25.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the State Board of Education will be held on
Friday, September 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Nebraska State Office Building.
A work session will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
For detailed information about the work session or business meeting,