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.

Resolution on 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.

Funding to Improve Student Health and Academic Achievement

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.

Priority School Progress Plan for Schuyler Central High School

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.