November 9, 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!!



    2017-18 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated Application

Contact Diane Stuehmer ( or 402-471-1740) or Beth Wooster ( or 402-471-2452)


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 (


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


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.

  1. Identify goal(s) for meeting positive partnerships, relationships, and student success.
  2. Identify goal(s) for meeting transition for students.
  3. Identify the goal(s) for meeting educational opportunities and access.
  4. Identify the goal(s) for meeting college and career readiness.
  5. Identify the goal(s) for meeting assessment needs.
  6. 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.
  7. Identify the goal(s) for meeting student academic needs based on sources of data.
  8. 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.



    ADVISER District Meeting Minutes

Contact:  Ginny Carter (402-471-2369 or


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



    Teacher Vacancy Survey – 2017-2018 – NDE Portal Collection

DUE DATE:  November 10

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.



    ELPA 21 TESTING LABELS UPLOAD for K-1 ONLY (Due November 15 at 5:00p.m.)

Contact:  Terri Schuster (402.471.4694 or


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 ApplicationDUE DATE:  November 30


Contact:  Randy McIntyre (402-471-1749 or or Karen Hardin (402-471-2968 or


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:



    Changes to the Cohort Calculation for 2018 cohort.

Contact:  Pam Tagart(402-471-4735 or


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


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

Contact:  Ellie Schroeder: or Andie Maupin:


Friday November 17 at ESU 10 in Kearney

Register here:



PowerTeacher Pro

PowerSchool 101 – for new schools coming onto PowerSchool

GPA Trouble-shooting

NSSRS-Validation Reports

NSSRS-How do you handle????

NSSRS-Help Session

Schoology and integration with PowerSchool

Day in the Life of a Secretary

Visual PST

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.



    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: