November 30, 2017


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!!


    The 2017-18 ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Consolidated Application is now open.

DUE DATE:   January 5, 2018

Access to the application is through the NDE Grants Management System (

Grants included in the application include:

  • Title I-A: Educationally Disadvantaged
  • Title I-D: Neglected and Delinquent
  • Title II-A: Supporting Effective Instruction
  • Title III-EL: English Language Acquisition
  • Title III-IE: Immigrant Education
  • Title IV-A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment

As noted in NDE Bulletins and previous email correspondence, there are some notable changes in this year’s application.

  • Goals and Needs focus predominantly on AQuESTT (Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow) tenets. There are a total of eight goals plus “Nonpublic Schools”, and “Title IV-SSAE Goals/Objectives” (to be completed only by eleven grant recipients).  Each of the goals and funding sources requires a response even if the response is NA.  If the goal response is NA, make sure to also mark the funding source as Not Applicable.
  • Title I has an additional page in the Targeting Steps called, “Targeting Served Schools.” Approved Schoolwide (SW) programs are already marked.  Applicants will need to mark either TA (Targeted Assistance) or Not Served for the remaining schools.  Be sure to SAVE the page before moving to Targeting Step 4 or the information entered will not move forward.
  • On Goal 8 of the District Goals and Needs, a response is required if funds are being used for professional development activities. Applicants will identify the goal(s) for meeting the ESSA requirement of providing ongoing high-quality evidence-based professional development and describe how staff are included in the conversation to provide input and gain an understanding of the plan for professional development (§1112). If Title II-A funds are being used to support this goal, applicants are required to select one of the four levels of evidence-based practice that will be implemented.
  • Title I, Targeting Step 4, has the Set-Asides and Nonpublic Equitable Services information on the top of the page. Reminder:  Equitable Services amounts for nonpublic schools are now determined prior to any set-asides.
  • Title I has a requirement to set-aside funds to assist homeless students. Each District is required to set-aside a minimum of $100.  McKinney-Vento Grant recipients must match the amount of the homeless set-aside to the amount of the McKinney-Vento grant.
  • Title II-A equitable service amounts for nonpublic schools are now determined on a per pupil basis. The system calculates this on the “Nonpublic School Participation” page.  Enrollment numbers are from the 2016-17 school year.
  • Title II-A Budget operates the same as in previous years. After completing the “Budget Detail” page, applicants must return to the “Nonpublic School Participation” page to SAVE the page again.  If this step is not completed the application will not pass the consistency check.
  • Minimal changes to Title III. Under NCLB the term LEP (Limited English Proficient) was used.  ESSA uses EL (English Learners).  Both acronyms are used throughout the Title III sections of the application.
  • For the eleven Districts receiving Title IV-A (SSAE) funds, instructions have been sent out indicating which sections of the application need to be completed. The Nonpublic School Equitable Participation requires that applicants enter the enrollment for public and nonpublic.  A link is provided which includes enrollment numbers.  Enrollment numbers are from the 2016-17 school year.
  • Like the Title II-A section of the application, after completing the “Budget Detail page”, applicants must return to the “Nonpublic School Participation” page to SAVE the page again. If this step is not completed the application will not pass the consistency check.

Thank you for your patience as we worked through the challenges of getting this new application up and running.

The NDE Consultant for your District/ESU is available to answer questions:  2017-18 ESEA/ESSA and TITLE I REVIEWER ASSIGNMENTS  

NOTE:  Brad Conner has moved from the NDE Federal Programs Team to the NDE Accreditation and School Improvement Team.  He will continue to assist with reviewing of applications until we are able to hire someone to take his place.


    Announcement from NDE Assessment Office

Contact:  Valorie Foy (402-471-2495 or


Nebraska Education Profile Release Date

The public release date of NeSA and ACT results for schools and districts will be December 1 at 9:00 AM.  The school and district assessment results will remain embargoed till December 1.


    Teacher Vacancy Survey – 2017-2018 – NDE Portal Collection


Contact:  Karen Buller (402-471-4837 or

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.


    SPED Proportionate Share Worksheet for Non-Public Schools – 2018-2019

OPENED:  November 1 – CLOSES:  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:


    District Technology PlanDUE DATE:  February 1 – AUDIT CLOSE DATE:  February 15

Contact SuAnn Witt – (402) 471-2085

The District Technology Plan will be reopening in the Consolidated Data Collection under the Data Collections tab in the NDE Portal for the 2016-17 school year with the due date extended.  A revised data collection will be developed next year to align with the Digital Learning/Ed Tech Plan scheduled for release next spring/summer.


    ADVISER District Meeting Minutes

Contact:  Ginny Carter (402-471-2369 or

The November 15 ADVISER District meeting minutes will be posted to the ADVISER google site under the meetings tab. Next meeting is January 24.

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: