State Board ReportMay 2018
State Board Grants Authority to Renew Contracts for Statewide Assessments
The State Board of Education has granted the Commissioner authority to enter into a contract with ACT to provide all juniors the ACT Plus Writing assessment as part of the Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS). The Board also granted authority to enter into contracts with Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) for the NSCAS alternate assessments and Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) for the NSCAS general assessments for 2018-2019.
$2.4 Million Award for Violence Prevention Program
The RAND Corporation will award NDE a $2,479,897 sub-award to participate in the research project: Taking Effective School Violence Prevention to Scale. The NDE will be the fiscal agent for schools, teachers, and coaches in the study, hire contract coaches to support implementation, and hire a coordinator to monitor and support the Good Behavior Game as part of the project.
Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines: Nebraska’s Birth to Five
Learning and Development Standards Approved
The Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines: Nebraska’s Birth to Five Learning and Development Standards is a resource designed to provide information about young children’s learning and development. The Guidelines are intended to assist adults in planning and providing meaningful learning experiences and environments for children in their care. The Guidelines provide information about what children can typically be expected to know and do by the age of five.
Nebraska’s Early Learning Guidelines cover these topics:
- Social and Emotional Development
- Approaches to Learning
- Health and Physical Development
- Language and Literacy Development
- Creative Arts
Awards for New and Expansion Early Childhood Education Program Grants
Early Childhood Education Program Grants will be awarded to seven public school districts to provide collaborative early childhood programs to serve at-risk three- and four-year-old children. The purpose of the program is to improve equity of access to early childhood education. Children of diverse characteristics will be served in inclusive environments and will be better prepared to be successful in school. Approximately 150 children are expected to be served in the 2018-2019 school year as a result of the $853,009 in funding.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the State Board of Education will be held on
Friday, June 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Nebraska State Office Building.
A work session will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
For detailed information about the work session or business meeting,