March 15, 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!!


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“Bridging Connections:  NSSRS to ADVISER”

April 16 – 17, 2018

Contact:  Debe Dockhorn (402-471-2748 or

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.

For more information and to register, visit the conference website at


Important Announcement from the DHHS Regarding MIPS Claims

Contact:  Jennifer Irvine (402-471-5234 or

DHHS is excited to announce that districts will no longer need to submit claims for dates of service after August  31, 2017 through the CDC collection “MIPS” in the NDE Portal. Nebraska Medicaid encourages districts to submit claims for dates of service before September 1, 2017 as soon as possible.

Nebraska Medicaid thanks the Nebraska Department of Education for their work on the portal.

Please note, public school districts will be using the Fairbanks system for reimbursement and the Maximus system for Provider Enrollment.


    NonPublic Curriculum Report 2017-2018AUDIT CLOSE DATE: March 15

Contact:  NDE Helpdesk (888-285-0556 or

This is required for NonPublic Systems only.


The NonPublic Curriculum Reporting System 2017-2018 will collect data on courses teachers teach for use in determining compliance with Rule 10 and Rule 14.  The NonPublic Curriculum Report is located under the “Data Collections” tab in the Portal.  An activation code is required.  Due Date: February 28.  Audit Window close date:  March 15.


    Nonpublic Consultation for 2018-19 School YearDUE DATE:  May 1

Contact: Diane Stuehmer (402‐471‐1740 or

OR Beth Wooster (402‐471‐2452 or

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



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



    2017-2018 Instructional Units Review for Nonpublic Schools

Contact:  Approval and Accreditation at 402-471-2444 for questions regarding Instructional Units

Contact:  NDE Helpdesk (888-285-0556 or ) with questions regarding how to update the Nonpublic Curriculum and/or submit the Nonpublic Curriculum Data.

The Nonpublic Curriculum data (courses teachers teach) was due 2/28, the audit window close date is 3/15.  If you have not yet submitted the Nonpublic Curriculum, submit it as soon as possible.  Accreditation and School Improvement is reviewing the Instructional Units Reports at this time and will contact you if they have any concerns.  Review the NSSRS Validation, Verification Report, Staff, Teachers Assigned Out of Endorsed Area or Level.  If you need to make corrections to the Nonpublic Curriculum Report, that will remain open until 3/15.


    New 3rd Year Teacher Survey

Contact:  Pat Madsen (402-471-4863 or

The 2017-2018 Nebraska 3rd Year Teacher Survey was emailed to principals of 3rd year Nebraska teachers who completed their teacher preparation program at a Nebraska institution on February 14, 2018.  (This is a new survey, and not to be confused with the Nebraska 1st Year Teacher Survey which will continue to be administered during March and April.)  The intent of the Nebraska 3rd 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 received the email invitation and completed the survey, thank you for responding.  If you received the email invitation and have not completed the survey yet, please do so by March 16.  The survey should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete.


    IDEA MOE for Compliance StandardDUE DATE:  March 30

Contact:  Pete Biaggio (402-471-4308 or

IDEA Part B Special Education Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Application for Compliance Standard for school year 2016-2017 opened on February 21.  The report may be accessed within the NDE Portal under the Data Collection tab.

School district receipt of IDEA dollars is contingent upon maintaining fiscal effort for Special Education.  Districts must expend a greater or equal amount of local or local/state funds from a previous year highest level to meet the MOE requirement.  Final calculations based on actual special education school district expenditures/receipts/data obtained from the 2016-2017 AFR, GMS and NSSRS are available and have been compared to the highest levels of fiscal effort.  As a result, calculations for meeting the IDEA MOE Compliance Standard may have resulted in a MOE excess or shortage that requires school district review for determination of adjustments or credits that could modify the MOE level.


    NDE Sponsored ADVISER Workdays COMING SOON to an ESU Near You

Questions:  Contact Ginny Carter at NDE (402-471-2369 or


  • 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:


    ADVISER District Meeting

Contact:  Ginny Carter (402-471-2369 or

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

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:

For questions regarding ADVISER data, please send an email to: