State Board Report
Milken Educators Presentation
Two Nebraska educators were honored with Milken Educator Awards. Michelle Fouts, a Second Grade Teacher from Bryant Elementary School in Kearney and Katie Mace, an English and Speech Teacher at Lyons-Decatur Northeast Schools in Lyons officially received their award from the State Board.
Mental Health Supports for Schools
NDE staff was joined by administrators from several school districts to discuss the work being done to help students with mental health supports in schools. ESSER funds have been used on several projects involving mental health support.
State Standards Evaluation
In November 2021, the Nebraska State Board of Education formed an ad hoc committee to review
the process used by the Nebraska Department of Education to develop and/or revise
content area standards. The final committee report included five recommendations, including enlisting the services of a contractor to complete a review of current standards development practices and processes and suggest revisions. Board members voted to authorize a contract with American Institutes for Research (AIR) to perform the evaluation.
Standards Evaluation Contract
ReVision Action Grants
Board members voted to approve the 2022-2023 reVISION Action grants. The purpose of reVISION is to align and support Career and Technical Education Systems with Nebraska’s Economic Initiatives, develop Nebraska’s talent pipelines for economic growth and workforce development, strengthen high school CTE programs, and create a common language between local employers and education.
Educator Shortage Grant
Nebraska, like most of the rest of the nation, is experiencing an educator shortage. As such, the NDE is creating a statewide Educator Pipeline Grant program to address the short-term strategies necessary to bolster the educator workforce. This grant will provide $1.5 million in funds to districts, ESUs, higher education, and other organizations to design and implement strategies
addressing the teacher, leader, and educator shortage. Funds are available through December 2024.
Set Statewide Assessment Cut Scores for NSCAS Science
Board members voted to adopt the Commissioner’s recommendations on NSCAS Science assessment cut scores. The process will allow The NDE to determine proficiency levels for science assessments to meet federal and state requirements for assessment reporting and accountability.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the State Board of Education will be held on
Friday, September 2, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
A work session may be held on Thursday, September 1, 2022. Times will vary by month.
For detailed information about the work session or business meeting,