November 2, 2017
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.Thank you!!
2017-18 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated Application
There are many changes to the 2017-18 ESSA Consolidated Application which are causing technical and functionality issues. Staff are working diligently to get the bugs worked out before opening the application. Tentative opening date for the 2017-18 ESSA Consolidated Application is November 13, 2017. We apologize for the inconvenience!
Allocations for grants included in the application are available on the NDE Federal Programs website (https://www.education.ne.gov/federalprograms/allocations/).
REMINDER: Activities that are a continuation from the previous school year (e.g. paying the salary of a Title I teacher), will continue to be allowed prior to the approval of the 2017-18 ESSA Consolidated Application. New activities encumbered prior to the approval of the application will not be reimbursed without prior approval from NDE. This applies to expenditures for both public and nonpublic schools. Prior approval can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
District Goals and Needs included in the application are intended to support AQuESTT (Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow). To help Districts prepare for completing the application, items included in the District Goals and Needs Section of the application are listed below.
- Identify goal(s) for meeting positive partnerships, relationships, and student success.
- Identify goal(s) for meeting transition for students.
- Identify the goal(s) for meeting educational opportunities and access.
- Identify the goal(s) for meeting college and career readiness.
- Identify the goal(s) for meeting assessment needs.
- Identify the goal(s) for meeting educator effectiveness. Describe how the district plans to implement making improvements in educator effectiveness and, if applicable, in the equitable distribution of qualified teachers for all students, particularly students who are most in need.
- Identify the goal(s) for meeting student academic needs based on sources of data.
- Response required if Title II-A funds are being used for professional development activities. Identify the goal(s) for meeting the ESSA requirement of providing ongoing high-quality evidence-based professional development. Describe how staff are included in the conversation to provide input and gain an understanding of the plan for professional development.
NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS GOAL: What nonpublic school(s)’s needs were identified during the consultation and what plans are in place to meet those nonpublic school(s)’s needs? If a nonpublic school resides within the boundaries of the public district, include in the description how English Learners (EL) will be identified and if appropriate, how services will be provided. The nonpublic school(s)’s goal(s) entered below will appear on the budget detail page of EACH program checked below.
REMINDER: The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that every district set-aside an amount to assist homeless children and youths. If a district receives a McKinney-Vento grant, a required match from Title I-A funds continues. For districts not receiving a McKinney-Vento grant, a minimum of $100 must be set-aside for this purpose.
Announcement from NDE Assessment Office
Contact: Valorie Foy (402-471-2495 or email@example.com)
- Nebraska Education Profile release dates
At this time the date of public release of NeSA and ACT data for schools and districts has not been determined, but we do anticipate having that date shortly. School and district data on statewide assessments are embargoed.
- Check ACT data
ACT Statewide Assessment – Student Results Student-level results from the 2017 ACT Statewide Assessment for the 2018 Graduation Cohort are now available on the NSSRS Validation website. Please review this information. Any errors must be resolved by contacting Statewide Assessment before November 8, 2017. Please contact John Moon by email at john.moon@Nebraska.gov or by phone 402-471-2495.
- Check NeSA data
NeSA Assessment – Student Results–Data from the 2017 NeSA Assessments were made available in the Accountability Count Verification portion of the NSSRS Validation website on October 16, 2017. Please review this information. If there are errors, please contact John Moon at Statewide Assessment john.moon@Nebraska.gov or 402-471-2495
Teacher Vacancy Survey – 2017-2018 – NDE Portal Collection
DUE DATE: November 10
Contact: Karen Buller (402-471-4837 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Nebraska Teacher Vacancy Survey (TVS) has been re-opened on the NDE Portal. We apologize for any inconvenience to those who accessed the system the last couple of weeks.
The annual Teacher Vacancy Survey collects statewide teacher vacancy information which is used to determine teacher shortage areas. This information is used to qualify content areas eligible for a number of state and federal teacher loan forgiveness opportunities and to inform research regarding teacher supply and shortage initiatives. Public districts, Nonpublic systems and Educational Service Units will find the Teacher Vacancy Survey – 2017-2018 in the ONLINE list in the NDE Portal under the Data Collections Tab. An activation code is required. Check with your District Administrator to acquire the code.
ELPA21 TESTING LABELS UPLOAD for K-1 ONLY (Due November 15 at 5:00p.m.)
Contact: Terri Schuster (402.471.4694 or email@example.com)
ELPA21 Kindergarten and 1st grade (K-1) student testing labels data upload will be on November 15. Ensure student data is up-to-date by November 15. All K-1 English Learners (ELs) must be identified on NSSRS Field 95 by this date. Students who have met the state’s exit criteria (See Rule 15) and are no longer EL, should be identified on Field 113 as redesignated English fluent (these students will not test on the ELPA21.)
Note: The upload for EL student data in grades 2-12 will occur on January 11, 2018. This is a change from previous years.
2017-18 Title I-A Accountability Application – DUE DATE: November 30
The 2017-18 Title I-A Accountability Application is now open. Due Date is November 30. For the 2017-18 school year Needs Improvement ratings are frozen for a second year (based on data from the 2014-15 school year). Requirements from NCLB remain in effect for this grant only. Only schools identified as being in improvement in Year 2 or more will receive funding for the 2017-18 school year. When completing the application, keep in mind that these funds must be used to go above and beyond what was previously being done to address the area(s) of need.
SPED Proportionate Share Worksheet for Non-Public Schools – 2018-2019
Opening November 1-Close December 15
Contact: Pete Biaggio (402-471-4308) in the Office of Special Education
All school districts (including districts that do NOT have approved/accredited non-public schools or exempt home schools located within the district‘s jurisdiction) are required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to complete and submit the 2018-2019 IDEA Proportionate Share application. This collection is found under the “Data Collection” tab in the portal. This collection is based on the October 1, 2017 child count of eligible children with disabilities (ages 3-21) and represents the amount of IDEA funds that must be expended for eligible parentally placed children with disabilities in an accredited/approved nonpublic school or an exempt home school within the school district boundaries.
For additional information refer to NDE Technical Assistance Document, “Special Education Services to Children with Disabilities (ages 3-21) Enrolled by Their Parents in Non-public Schools” located at: https://www.education.ne.gov/sped/technicalassist/ServicesNonpublicSchools.pdf
ACT Statewide Assessment – Student Results
Contact: Statewide Assessment (402-471-2495 or NDE.StatewideAssessment@Nebraska.gov)
Student-level results from the 2017 ACT Statewide Assessment of the 2018 Graduation Cohort are now available on the NSSRS Validation website. To access this information, once logged onto the website, change your year to the 2017-06-30 school year, click on the “Data Downloads” menu item, then select “ACT Data”. You will find two links in the top half of the page. Once link will provide a PDF document describing the layout of the student-level data file, as well as additional information that will help you interpret the file. The second link provides you with a comma-separated values (csv) file containing all students that were considered to be in the 2018 Graduation Cohort at your district during the testing window. Districts who believe that a student has been assigned to the wrong school, or who wish to dispute a Reason Not Tested code of a student, should contact the Statewide Assessment office. Any disputes must be submitted no later than November 8, 2017.
NeSA Assessment – Student Results
Contact: Statewide Assessment (402-471-2495 or NDE.StatewideAssessment@Nebraska.gov)
Data from the 2017 NeSA Assessment were made available in the Accountability Count Verification portion of the NSSRS Validation website on October 16, 2017. Districts should now be reviewing this information. To access, once logged onto the website, change your year to the 2017-06-30 school year, click on the “System Lookups” menu item, then select “Accountability Count Verification”. Please contact the Statewide Assessment office if you have any questions or concerns with this data.
Changes to the Cohort Calculation for 2018 cohort.
Contact: Pam Tagart(402-471-4735 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
A memo went out last week to the Superintendents outlining the changes to the 2018 cohort. In the past both the 210 and 211 were included in the numerator of the calculation, now only the 210 will be included. In the memo, are resources related to this change you can review. Some clarifications related to coding students with a 210, 211 or 212:
- A special education student that meets the same requirements as the all other students in the district may be reported as a 210 (Completer: Graduated with a Regular or Advanced Diploma).
- A special education student that completes their IEP, but does not meet the same graduation requirements as all other students required by the district should be coded as a 211 or 212.
There will be additional changes in 2018-2019 for the 2019 cohort but those changes are still under consideration and are related to the January 2017 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) High School Graduation Rate Non-Regulatory Guidance.
2017-2018 NSSRS Calendar Updated
Contact: State Assessment (402-742-2319 or email@example.com)
The 2017-2018 NSSRS Calendar has been updated to reflect the dates when the Assessment rosters will be pulled for forwarding to the appropriate Assessment vendor. The following table summarizes the dates that data will need to be updated in NSSRS for Assessment rosters. This table has also been included in the updated calendar.
Nebraska PowerSchool User Group Conference
Friday November 17 at ESU 10 in Kearney
Register here: https://nepsug.revtrak.net/Conference-Registration/
TENTATIVE LIST OF SESSIONS:
PowerSchool 101 – for new schools coming onto PowerSchool
NSSRS-How do you handle????
Schoology and integration with PowerSchool
Day in the Life of a Secretary
Secretary Session -Drops and Adds and what they affect
Grad Planner Instructions/Work Session to follow
What is YOUR question???
There will be a Networking/Social Hour on Thursday night November 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites.
ADVISER District Meeting Minutes
Contact: Ginny Carter (402-471-2369 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
The October 18 ADVISER District meeting minutes have been posted to the ADVISER google site under the meetings tab. Next meeting is November 15.
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
The following collections are currently open in the Consolidated Data Collection (CDC)
Contact: NDE Helpdesk (888-285-0556 or email@example.com)
Please refer to the CDC Calendar which is located on the NSSRS Resources page at https://www.education.ne.gov/nssrs/Resources.html#Calendar and also review the instructions available in each of the CDC collections for further details about each collection.
Human Resources Director Contacts – OPENED August 1
The Department of Education developed the HR Director Contact(s) to collect name and email address for coorespondence. The data is gathered with the purpose of using the email address for notices regarding teacher and administrative certificates, evaluation systems, surveys, and data. The contact listed may have a similar role to an HR Director.
Open All Year – (Audit Window Close Date: June 30, 2018)
Collection completed by Public
For more information, contact NDE Helpdesk – firstname.lastname@example.org (888)285-0556
Substitute Teachers – OPEN September 1
Report all substitute teachers. Open all year – (Audit Window Close Date: June 30, 2018)
Collection completed by Public, Nonpublic, State Operated, ESU’s and Interim
For more information, contact Kevin Peters – email@example.com (402) 471-0739
Title I Annual Caseload Count of Children In Local Institutions For Neglected or Delinquent
OPEN September 1
The purpose of this annual caseload count is to provide the State Educational Agency with current information on the location and number of children living in institutions for neglected or delinquent children, or in local correctional institutions. The information collected will be used in the Title I formula for computing allocations for local educational agencies.
Due Date: December 5 (Audit Window Close Date: January 5, 2018)
Collection completed by Public
For more information, contact Pat Frost – firstname.lastname@example.org (402) 471-2478
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: email@example.com.
For questions regarding ADVISER data, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.