March 7, 2019


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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Champions for Equity in Education:  Better Data. Better Decisions

2019 NDE Data ConferenceApril 29-30, 2019 Younes Conference Center Kearney, Nebraska

Contact:  Debe Dockhorn (402-471-2748 or Jeannie Chastain (402-471-2288 or

The NDE Data Conference will be held April 29-30, 2019 at the Younes Conference Center – Kearney, Nebraska.

This conference will provide opportunities to learn about how to improve data quality in the first-year of ADVISER statewide implementation, as well as hear from experts about the latest policies and techniques in education data.  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.

To register, or for more information, visit the conference website at


2019-2020 U.S. Departmant of Education

REAP (SRSA) Grant has opened in – DUE DATE:  APRIL 26, 2019

Contact:  Kirk Russell (402-471-2741 or

Apply Now Small, Rural, School Achievement Program (SRSA).  The purpose of the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program is to provide rural LEAs with financial assistance to fund initiatives aimed at improving student academic achievement.

Local education agencies (LEAs) are entitled to funds if they meet basic eligibility and application requirements.  Awards are issued annually, and award amounts are determined using a formula.

To register/apply, or for more information go to



Staff Reporting, Time and Effort Logs and Reimbursement

Contact:  NDE Helpdesk (888-285-0556 or

An update has been posted to the Staff Instruction Manual located at STAFF INSTRUCTION MANUAL 20182019-v-8.0.1-March-2019.pdf  for the Special Program Indicators listed on page 22.  Review these changes carefully and make sure the Staff Reporting is accurate for 2018-2019, minimizing staff reporting errors, maximize reimbursement of funds.  We have included the program coding and a reminder about Time and Effort logs for those that are paid with federal funds.  We have also added to the GMS IDEA Funding report listed in the Portal under Student & Staff Tab under NSSRS Validation, Staff Verification Reports.  You can choose the different position types to see if the staff funded by that program are listed.  If not, then you may need to update the staff reporting to be able to get reimbursement for those staff not on the report.

If the appropriate staff are listed on the report, you should be able to claim those staff for reimbursement.

There will be a session at the Data Conference in April.  Please come and learn more about minimizing Staff Reporting Errors, MAXIMIZE Grant Reimbursement.


Assistive Technology Specialist

Contact:  Amy Rhone in Special Education (

Assistive Technology Specialist (1122) is now available for districts to report if they have this position in their school district.  It is NOT limited to ESU’s only.  Here is the updated description and requirements for the position.

Assistive Technology Specialist (1122)

An assignment to perform assistive technology functions of a school district or Intermediate Education Agency.  These duties may include, but are not limited to, providing guidance and assistance to other staff members in planning for and using assistive technology to support classroom instruction.

Statutory Requirement None
Regulatory Requirement Nebraska Department of Education Certification, or State of Nebraska licensure by an appropriate board of examiners.  92NAC 51-007.07C3(a-c)


ADVISER Validation Error #439 Reactivated

Contact:  NDE Helpdesk (888-285-0556 or

Error 439:  No Current School Enrollment Record for a High School Student Enrolled In the Previous Year

A student in high school was enrolled in the previous year but does not have a current enrollment record based on the Graduation Cohort process that is run nightly.  To fix, publish a current school enrollment record for this student showing the appropriate exit code or entry code, or if a correction needs to be made to the previous school year please submit a CDC Graduation Cohort Resolution Request.  After a change is made, please wait until the next day to review this error.


IDEA MOE for Compliance Standard – OPEN: March 15 – DUE DATE: April 30

Contact: Pete Biaggio (402-471-4308 or

IDEA Part B Special Education Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Application for Compliance Standard for school year 2017-2018 opens on March 15.  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 2017-2018 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.


Nebraska PowerSchool User Group Conference

Contact:  Ellie Schroeder: or Andie Maupin:

Thursday April 11 at ESU 3 in LaVista

Register here:



New Student contacts – import

Secretary Session

PowerSchool 101

EOY (End of Year)


Incident Management – ADVISER – Teachers

Must have customizations

Security-Role administration

Custom page management  – New in 12.1

Graduation planner

What’s your question at lunch

Mirrored & Reporting Schools

NDE portal reports

Attendance – Conversions, Bell schedules, membership values, calendar

A block of rooms are reserved at: Comfort Inn Suites
8121 Eastport Parkway, La Vista, NE 68128 (5 minute drive to ESU 3)
King Bed or 2 Queen Beds for $93.00
Reservations may be made by calling the hotel direct at 402 505-7333, choose option #2 and ask for the group block “Nebraska Power School Users” Group block.
*The block of rooms will held until March 20th, 2019*