April 12, 2018


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.  Thank you!!


 “Bridging Connections:  NSSRS to ADVISER”

April 16 – 17, 2018

Contact:  Debe Dockhorn (402-471-2748 or debe.dockhorn@nebraska.gov)

The NDE Data Conference will be held April 16-17, 2018 at the Younes Conference Center – Kearney, Nebraska.  This conference will provide opportunities to learn about the transition from NSSRS to ADVISER, as well as hear from national, state, and local experts about the latest policies and techniques in education data.  The conference is open to all Nebraska educators but the main audience are persons who work with the nuts and bolts of data collection, data use, and reporting.

Attending this conference is critically important for public school districts’ success in transitioning from NSSRS to ADVISER.  We STRONGLY suggest bringing a team that will be working on the Student Information System and the ADVISER Dashboard.  This conference will provide opportunities to learn about the transition from NSSRS to ADVISER.  The conference is open to all Nebraska Public School Districts’ educators but the main audience are the people that input information into the Student Information System or those in charge of the Student Information System as well as the Administrators that “approve” the data.  This conference will help to get the teams on the same page and know who to contact at NDE if there are questions, issues or concerns.

For more information, visit the conference website at https://www.education.ne.gov/dataservices/events/.

Session information is now available.


  New Membership Counting Day

Contact:  NDE Helpdesk (888-285-0556 or nde.helpdesk@nebraska.gov)

LB 1081 was approved by the Legislature 4/11.  Sec. 6 (4)(a) changes the state counting day to October 1 from the last Friday in September.  We are hopeful that having one counting day for students will simplify reporting and validating data.  It will take our ADVISER team a while to update the Adviser Validation and Verification Reports to reflect this change.


2018-2019 Early Childhood Endowment (Sixpence) GrantDUE:  May 1

Contact:  Amy Bornemeier (402-817-2018 or abornemeier@nebraskachildren.org)


The 2018-2019 Early Childhood Endowment (Sixpence) Grant application is open in the GMS and due to NDE May 1 – This grant is only available to specified districts/ESUs for continuation of current grants.


2018-2019 SPED Planning Region Team (PRT) GrantDUE:  August 1

Contact:  Cole Johnson (402-471-4318 or cole.johnson@nebraska.gov)

The 2018-2019 SPED Planning Region Team (PRT) Grant application is open in the GMS and due to NDE August 1


2018 Nebraska 1st Year Teacher Survey

Contact:  Pat Madsen (402-471-4863 or pat.madsen@nebraska.gov)

Nebraska 1st year teachers who completed their teacher preparation program at a Nebraska institution, and school principals of these fully certified 1st year teachers, were sent an email invitation on March 26 inviting them to complete the ‘2018 Nebraska 1st Year Teacher Survey’.  The intent of the Nebraska 1st Year Teacher Survey is to obtain critical and consistent program effectiveness information from P-12 school partners that will be used by Nebraska teacher preparation institutions and the Nebraska Department of Education for continuous improvement.  If you have received the email invitation and have completed the survey, we thank you for your time.  If you have received the email invitation but have yet to complete the survey, please do so by April 27.  The survey should take approximately ten minutes to complete.


    Special Education Post-School OutcomesOPENED:  April 2 – DUE DATE: April 30

Contact:  Robyn Gonzales (402-471-4341 or robyn.gonzales@nebraska.gov)

The report for submitting contact information for students with a disability who exited special education in 2016-2017 school year is located on the NDE Portal under the Data Collection tab.  Accurate student contact information will assure your students will be contacted and included in this required Post School Outcome collection.  Please be sure to scroll down on the report to enter each student’s contact information as indicated.  This collection is considered for each school district’s annual federally required “determination”.


Nonpublic Consultation for 2018-2019 School YearDUE DATE:  May 1

Contact: Diane Stuehmer (402‐471‐1740 or diane.stuehmer@nebraska.gov)

OR Beth Wooster (402‐471‐2452 or beth.wooster@nebraska.gov)

Due Date:  May 1

It’s time to begin planning for the next school year by completing consultations with nonpublic schools regarding equitable services for the 2018-19 school year.  These two collections are located in the NDE Consolidated Data

Collection (CDC) under the Data Collections tab for the following programs:


  • Title I‐C: Migrant
  • Title II‐A: Teacher and Principal Training
  • Title III: Language Instruction for English Learners & Immigrant Students
  • Title IV‐A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment
  • Title IV‐B: 21st Century Community Learning Centers


  • Title I‐A: Services for At‐Risk Students


Each of these collections provide prepopulated forms, which are available for download by the public district to use when consulting with the nonpublic school(s).  Upon completion of the consultation, the public district will enter the information from the forms into the appropriate collection in the NDE Consolidated Data Collection.  Completed, signed forms will remain on file at the public district and may be requested by NDE at any time and/or reviewed during NCLB monitoring.


Nonpublic Federal Programs Within Boundaries Consultation

Every public school district in Nebraska having one or more nonpublic systems located within the public school district’s geographic boundaries must complete this form.  It is the responsibility of the public school district to submit this completed form to the Nebraska Department of Education, through the CDC.  A form for each nonpublic system geographically located within the public school district attendance area to document that the nonpublic system was consulted regarding potential participation in a federal program will need to be completed.


Title I Nonpublic Consultation

Every District receiving Title I funds and having resident low‐income school aged students attending a nonpublic school will need to complete this collection.  The public district is not required to complete or submit a Title I Nonpublic Consultation form for Rule 12 or 13 exempt status schools.  A form will need to be completed for each Nonpublic system that has reported having students eligible for free or reduced lunch as reported in the Nonpublic Membership Report.

If a district knows of any resident low‐income students attending a Nonpublic school that is not listed, they should contact NDE to have the school added (which will generate a form for that school).


NOTE:  In the CDC, the category for both of these forms is “FEDERAL.”  Superintendents have access to this activation code and may assign it to appropriate staff.  As with other reports in the CDC, the person entering the data may “Submit” the data, but the Authorized Representative (usually the Superintendent) will need to “Approve” the collection.



Audit Window Close Date: May 15


NDE Sponsored ADVISER Workdays COMING SOON to an ESU Near You

Questions:  Contact Ginny Carter at NDE (402-471-2369 or ginny.carter@nebraska.gov)


  • WHO should attend: Data Stewards, SPED Directors or person responsible for SRS/NSSRS SPED data, other team members involved with student data or state reporting.  Public Districts Only
  • WHAT: Topics to be covered at the workday include; ADVISER Validation new reports, look ups and errors, SRS, ADVISER, & SPED reporting updates and training, and ADVISER Dashboard sign on and access.
  • WHEN/WHERE: The NDE Spring ADVISER workdays have been scheduled, please contact your ESU or go to the District ADVISER web site and click on the calendar tab to get more information about dates, times, locations and how to register:  https://sites.google.com/a/education.ne.gov/adviser-early-adopter-program/



ADVISER District Meeting

Contact:  Ginny Carter (402-471-2369 or ginny.carter@nebraska.gov)

The March 21 ADVISER District meeting agenda has been posted to the ADVISER google site under the meetings tab.  Next meeting is April 18.

Future meetings with connections information can be found in the calendar tab and are listed in the minutes as well.  The ADVISER google site can be found at ADVISER Google Site


2017-2018 Parallel Year for Reporting Data to NSSRS and ADVISER

With the new school year 2017-2018 beginning and this year being a parallel year for reporting data to NSSRS and ADVISER, we would like to remind our districts of the appropriate Helpdesk to contact for each system to ensure your questions are answered in a timely matter.

For questions regarding NSSRS data, please send in a Helpdesk Request from the NDE Portal or an email to:  nde.helpdesk@nebraska.gov.

For questions regarding ADVISER data, please send an email to:  adviserhelp@nebraskacloud.org.