ATTENTION ALL NDE PORTAL USERS:
Please log onto your portal accounts and go to the “My Profile” tab and check to make sure your contact information (especially the email address) is up to date. It is very important to keep this information updated as the Department of Education uses the email address that is in the users’ Portal account to send vital information.
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Fall 2022 Conditional Permit Requests

The purpose of this bulletin item is to provide guidance on how to request a conditional permit for teachers who have been hired to start in AUGUST  2022 and may not have all of their necessary documentation prior to the first day of school. We anticipate fewer requests this year as we have issued over 1,200 more certificate at this time as compared to last year.

CONDITIONAL PERMITS – The certification staff have received many applications for May and August graduates and realize that some colleges will not be issuing transcripts until late August or early September. Occasionally, there are other documents that may not make it to certification until after the start of the school year in August. For teachers who have been hired to start in August, we may be able to issue a conditional permit if requested from the school district.

A conditional permit can be issued when we have the following items:

  1. An application and fee
  2. A request for a conditional permit from the school district. NOTE: A request can be completed through a Google Form for those with Fall 2022 teaching positions at https://forms.gle/Pfe4zzpJf4MsHPLXA
  3. Fingerprints (if needed) – A set of fingerprint cards would need to be logged in our office in order for a conditional to be issued but not cleared by the Nebraska State Patrol.
  4. A document from the college stating that a program has been completed. Preferred: An Institutional Verification form from the college and a “close to final” or transcript showing the human relations and special education courses. Minimum: A letter in lieu of a transcript stating that the candidate has completed a program of study along with the required human relations and special education courses.

Deficiencies that…Read More › – Fall 2022 Conditional Permit Requests

Contact Information: Educator Certification Service Desk (nde.tcertweb@nebraska.gov or 402-471-0739)

Renewal and Acceleration with Data – Virtual Webinar – July 13 – 930am-1030am CST

In lieu of our traditional in-person Data Conference held annually in Kearney, we have transitioned this event into a series of shorter, informational webinars catering to the needs of Nebraska school districts/systems at thoughtfully determined points throughout the year. Additionally, the new monthly webinar series will be taking the place of the ADVISER District Meetings which had occurred at 10am on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Part of each webinar will be dedicated to ADVISER status updates, so any district users who attended the old meeting are encouraged to sign up for the webinars instead.

For the July session, the schedule is:
9:30 am – 10:00 am ADVISER Monthly Update & Feedback (Max Reiner, Data Collections)
10:00 am – 10:30 am Finance Updates (Kevin Lyons, Finance)

Additionally, pre-recorded presentations related to New Portal District Administrators and Data Quality and Compliance will be available in the July 13 section of the website.

Finally, a reminder that there is presentation about FERPA from the US Department of Education, Privacy Technical Assistance Center available for review in the May 11 section of the website.

The webinar is free to attend, but registration is required. To register and for more information please visit: https://nedataconference.com/

(Archive recordings of past webinars are available under the accordion menus approximately 48 hours following the live broadcast.)

Contact Information: NDE Service Desk (ADVISERHelp@NebraskaCloud.org)

ADVISER Year End Collection Administrator Sign Off Opens 6/27

Public Schools Districts and Special Purpose Schools Only

The District Sign Off screen within the ADVISER Validation application on the NDE Portal will be made available for District Administrators on Monday 6/27/2022. All public district administrators should read the agreement and sign off on the year end collection after all the year end ADVISER data has been verified.

Contact Information: NDE Service Desk (ADVISERHelp@nebraskacloud.org)

Spring 2022 NSCAS Post-Data Verification – Reminder

The Statewide Assessment Office and districts are currently in the middle of the FINAL data review for the Spring 2022 NSCAS Growth and NSCAS Alternate Assessment.  District DACs received an email on June 16th (for NSCAS GRW) and today (for NSCAS ALT) regarding the action details districts are required to take.  Please ensure corrections or confirmation the review is complete is sent to Maggie Sis (margaret.sis@nebraska.gov) before Friday, July 8, 2022.

 

NSCAS POST-DATA VERIFICATION SUMMER SCHEDULE
VENDOR TASK DIST START DIST DEADLINE STATUS
NWEA NSCAS Growth Round 1 Verification Review
Maggie will send identified anomaly records to districts.
5/9/2022 5/13/2022 COMPLETE
DRC NSCAS Alternate Round 1 Verification Review
Maggie will send identified anomaly records to districts.
5/23/2022 5/24/2022 COMPLETE
NWEA NSCAS Growth Preliminary Student Data Report Review
Districts will have access to download the report.
Last opportunity for district to make corrections.
6/15/2022 7/8/2022 Current
DRC NSCAS Alternate Preliminary Student Data Report Review
Districts will have access to download the report.
Last opportunity for district to make corrections.
6/20/2022 7/8/2022 Current
ACT NSCAS ACT Preliminary ADVISER Report Review
Districts will have access to the ADVISER Validation Verification Report “ACT Preliminary Report”, and
Maggie will send identified anomaly records to districts.
Only opportunity for districts to make corrections.
7/11/2022 7/20/2022 Upcoming
ACT Final file delivered 8/4/2022
DRC Final (ELA, Math & Science) reports/files posted to INSIGHT
*After…Read More › – Spring 2022 NSCAS Post-Data Verification – Reminder

Contact Information: Maggie Sis (margaret.sis@nebraska.gov or 531-739-8665)

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B MOE – Eligibility Standard for Special Education – Opened June 13 – Closes July 28

OPENS
06/13/2022
CLOSES
07/28/2022

Public School Districts Only

School district eligibility for receipt of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA Part B) funds are contingent upon maintaining fiscal effort from year to year. Districts are to report within this application estimated special education expenditures, receipts, and resident child counts to establish eligibility for the receipt of IDEA Part B funds through the Grant Management system (GMS) during the 2022-2023 year.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B MOE – Eligibility Standard is found in the NDE Portal under the Data Collections tab.  An activation code, obtained from the Superintendent is required to access the collection.

Contact Information: Greg Prochazka (531-530-9096 or greg.prochazka@nebraska.gov) or Suzie Pierce (531-289-8190 or suzie.pierce@nebraska.gov)

State Board of Education Disciplinary Action Against Educators

The link below contains State Board disciplinary action taken against Nebraska educators for the month of May 2022 as well as any voluntary surrenders.

 

https://www.education.ne.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/RECENT-DISCIPLINARY-ACTIONS.pdf

 

 

 

Contact Information: Certification Investigations: nde.investigations@nebraska.gov

NDE: IMPORTANT – Special Education Reporting System (SPEDFRS) – Paraprofessional Reporting for School Year 2021-2022

Required for 2021-2022 – SPED Paraprofessional SPI Code “7, S & I” with Position Assignment “5162”.  SPED Paraprofessional staff need to be reported in both the CDC and NSSRS.

REMINDER:  NSSRS Staffing Information deadline to make changes is June 30 of the school year.  It is extremely important that Special Education Staffing Information be correct for SPEDFRS reporting and reimbursement.

2020-20201 SPEDFRS is available to see the NDE staffing adjustments resulting from inappropriate NSSRS SPI Code. Corrections to NSSRS for the current 2021-2022 year may be needed to ensure reimbursement for 2021-2022.

Below are the SPED (SPI) Indicators that must be used to be considered for reimbursement. Staff Type (Professional, Sign Language Interpreters and Paraprofessional) without the proper indicators will not save or upload into SPEDFRS. 

SPED “SPI Code” and “Position Assignment” – Required for Professional Staff and Sign Language Interpreters – must be correctly coded in Staff Reporting to be eligible for reimbursement.  Deadline to submit Staff Reporting Data for the current school year is June 15, audit window – June 30.

  • “S” SPED School Age -State/Local Funds – (Report in SPEDFRS only)
  • “I” SPED School Age Federal-IDEA, (Report in IDEA and SPEDFRS)
  • “7” SPED Early Childhood Federal-IDEA/State/Local (Report in IDEA and SPEDFRS)

 “Position assignments” for Supervision of Special Education should be coded as:

  • 1110 Program Supervision, using the above SPI Codes
  • 2323 Special Education Administrator/Director, using the above SPI Codes
  • 2325 Supervisor/Director, using the above SPI Codes
  • 2327 Coordinator, using the above SPI Codes
  • 2329 Assistant Administrator, using the above SPI Codes

These codes will be applied to the 8% for Supervision costs and allows for clerical reimbursement costs. 

If a SPED staff is split coded in Staff Reporting, separate entries are required in SPEDFRS with the…Read More › – NDE: IMPORTANT – Special Education Reporting System (SPEDFRS) – Paraprofessional Reporting for School Year 2021-2022

Contact Information: NDE Service Desk (ADVISERHelp@nebraskacloud.org)

Support Services Flexible Funding Application

OPENS
06/01/2022
CLOSES
07/15/2022

Public School Districts & ESUs Only

Support Services – Flexible Funding projects provide the use of special education funding for the “preventative” support services targeting “students not identified or verified as having a disability… but who demonstrate a need for specially designed assistance in order to benefit from the school’s general education curriculum and to avoid the need for potentially expensive special education placement and services.”  The flexible funding option is available to school districts and approved cooperatives to a maximum of five percent (5%) of the total allowable and reimbursable special education costs for school age costs. Guidelines for the application have changed.  The Flex Funding Guidance document can be found here.  Support Services -Flex Funding information and applications are available in the Grants Management System (GMS).

Contact Information: Kris Elmshaeuser (kris.elmshaeuser@nebraska.gov)

NSCAS Post-Test Data Verification Windows

Below is the summer schedule for NSCAS assessment data clean-up.  These dates may change if there are unforeseen difficulties in finalizing the data.

NSCAS POST-DATA VERIFICATION SUMMER SCHEDULE
VENDOR TASK DIST START DIST END
NWEA NSCAS Growth Round 1 Verification Review
District DAC will receive identified anomaly records from Maggie Sis
5/9/2022 5/13/2022
DRC NSCAS Alternate Round 1 Verification Review
District DAC will receive identified anomaly records from Maggie Sis
5/22/2022 5/24/2022
NWEA NSCAS Growth Preliminary Student Data Report Review
Districts will have access to download the report.
Last opportunity for district to make corrections through Maggie Sis
6/15/2022 7/8/2022
DRC NSCAS Alternate Preliminary Student Data Report Review
Districts will have access to download the report.
Last opportunity for district to make corrections through Maggie Sis
6/19/2022 7/8/2022
ACT NSCAS ACT Preliminary ADVISER Report Review
Districts will have access to the ADVISER Validation Verification Report “ACT Preliminary Report”, and
District DAC will receive identified anomaly records from Maggie Sis
Only opportunity for districts to make corrections through Maggie Sis
7/11/2022 7/20/2022

 

Contact Information: Statewide Assessment Office - Maggie Sis (margaret.sis@nebraska.gov)

Teacher Recruitment Website

The Nebraska Department of Education has created a website to assist Nebraska’s schools with teacher recruitment. More content may be added to the website, so if school leaders have any ideas for additions that would be useful for teacher recruitment in Nebraska, please contact Dr. Kim Snyder at kim.snyder@nebraska.gov with your suggestions. Thank you.

Link to the recruitment website: https://www.education.ne.gov/teach/