Santee Elementary, Middle, and High School Priority School Progress Plans Approved

The State Board approved Priority School Progress Plans for Santee Elementary, Middle, and High School. Santee’s Superintendent and School Board President presented the final plans to the State Board. Priority Schools identified through AQuESTT are required to submit a progress plan that 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 the Priority School and is also part of the continuous improvement plan for the district.

Santee Priority School Progress Plans

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Presentation

Staff from Fremont Public Schools presented their district’s efforts to match students with future careers through the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program. The nonprofit program connects business with education to help prevent dropouts by identifying barriers to education and preparing career pathways. Fremont Public Schools started their JAG program in January and have already seen success with students through internships in the community.

Computer Science and Technology Youth Registered Apprenticeships

Nebraska is preparing for the next stage in Registered Apprenticeship system development through the efforts to jump-start the Nebraska Apprenticeship Collaborative. The State Board approved a contract for year two of a three-year grant called Pathways to STEM Apprenticeship for High School Career and Technical Education Students from the U.S. Department of Education. Northeast Community College will be contracted to oversee the development of the framework for Computer Science and Technology Youth Registered Apprenticeships in the state.

Computer Science and Technology Youth Registered Apprenticeships

Revisions Made to State Board Position Statements on AQuESTT and Early Literacy

Board members voted on revisions to State Board Position Statements on AQuESTT (Accountability for Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow) and Early Literacy. NDE staff reached out to stakeholders across the state to help with the revisions. The AQuESTT revisions update language and system structure. The Early Literacy Position Statement calls out the importance of systemic efforts to improve early literacy for all students. Specifically, the position statement encourages local school districts to establish policies that promote high-quality literacy instruction based on the science of reading.

AQuESTT Position Statement

Early Literacy Position Statement