On July 13, 2017, the Nebraska Innovation Grant Program participated in a breakout session at the Governor’s Economic Development Summit. This session, titled “Innovation in Education – Examples from the Field,” featured three grant recipients describing their projects’ connections to developing the next generation workforce. Dr. Mark Weichel of Westside discussed how his school’s efforts with personalized learning support student college and career readiness and engage businesses and community members. Dr. Cherie Larson presented on Plattsmouth’s wall-to-wall career academy, and how NDE’s reVISION grants contributed to better alignment of education with career needs in the region. Finally, Mr. Josh Jones described his work with the Expanded Learning Opportunity Design Challenge and the creation of “So You Want to be a…” career readiness curriculum to be used by elementary and middle schoolers across the state in the fall.

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SIS Vendor Certification

The Nebraska Department of Education team has been working one-on-one with SIS vendors to prepare for certification of their respective student information systems (SIS). Beginning July 1, 2014, all Nebraska SIS vendors were initially engaged to get started with creating the connection’s to the Nebraska Education Data Standard built from Ed-Fi.

The current status of implementation for all Student Information Systems (SIS) operating in Nebraska is available here: Vendor Status.

The target date for SIS vendors to be certified in Nebraska is July 1, 2017.

For prospective vendors to obtain access to a Sandbox, please email with the subject “Access to NDE Sandbox”


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ADVISER Early Adopter Program


The Early Adopter Program I had a total of 31 districts that were selected and are rolling out the dashboards in the 2015/16 school year. Early access to new capabilities allows users to bring the associated benefits on line for their districts faster. Looking at new offerings prior to full release also gives districts the ability to directly influence future product releases. The Early Adopter Program (EAP I) has been chosen as it has proved successfully to:

  • Identify additional requirements. At present, the majority of districts has diverse requirements and needs and may have limited concept of what the Nebraska ADVISER Dashboard solution should provide. Early adopted solutions can be designed based on current requirements, with the expectation that the use of the solution will encourage feedback that will lead to the identification of future requirements.

  • Confirm the goals and objectives. Early adoption can be used to test whether the planned solution enables NDE to meet its goals and objectives. It is often a very meaningful exercise to rollout specified features to a limited number of districts. Their feedback can help determine if additional features should be added based on actual need.

  • Promote increased awareness of a capability. One of the objectives of early adoption is to market NDE’s new Nebraska ADVISER Dashboard solution. The early adopters will help to provide a “preview” of the full deployment capability, as well as to begin to create immediate value for the students.

  • Facilitate the transition to a new environment. Early adoption will enable NDE to gauge the response of a targeted set of users to the intended final capability. Techniques used on the early adopter program can be refined to decrease the learning curve for future groups that implement the solution.

  • Mitigate technical risks. Early adoption will assist in the identification and control of technical problems to ensure stability and performance in the final production environment.

  • Test the rollout process. Early adoption programs help to ensure that the schedule that is planned for full-scale delivery is complete and scaled correctly. They can help to verify that the logistics (supplies, space, and equipment) are well planned, that the training is complete and in the right sequence, and that the required support processes are in place.

  • Early adopters of Nebraska ADVISER Dashboard will provide valuable feedback because the system will provide functionality that is real, not modeled. The overriding purpose of the early adoption program is to minimize risk and prepare for the statewide implementation.


APPLY NOW for the Early Adopter Program II

ADVISER EAP II Interest Form – for first time Nebraska districts wanting to express an interest in the ADVISER Data Dashboard

Please refer to the contact information below to address any comments or concerns:  



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ADVISER Pilot Districts


The first stage of the implementation in the 2014-2015 school years involved the limited production releases (LPRs) also known as the Pilot of dashboard prototypes to 9 districts that elected to participate in pilot releases of the data dashboard and these were namely:

• Bancroft Rosalie Public Schools
• Boone Central Public Schools
• Fairbury Public Schools
• McCook Public Schools
• Neligh-Oakdale Public Schools
• Omaha Public Schools
• Ponca Public Schools
• South Sioux City Public Schools
• Valentine Public Schools

The Pilot districts were a group of dedicated volunteers who gave their valuable time and effort to ensure that the reports being made available through the dashboards are relevant to real-world education scenarios. The Pilot Districts’ feedback has played a foundational role in the organization and functioning of the dashboards.

The Pilot districts represented a range of enrollment sizes, geographic locations, and student information system (SIS). This range was intended to help NDE troubleshoot potential issues that might arise for a broad spectrum of future Early Adopter Program (EAP) districts.



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Accountability Data Mart Benefits

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The Accountability Data Mart is a subset of the Data Warehouse that organizes and aggregates specific subsets of data that are required for accountability reporting.  Users will benefit from the following features:

  • Unifies the accountability data collection requirements

    • Automates the transfer of all accountability data from the Data Warehouse

    • Streamlines the process for data validation, auditing, and updates

    • Efficient turnaround of district accountability reports via NDE Portal

  • Reduces effort and costs

    • Eliminates the district’s burden of manually organizing and submitting accountability data while also providing a transparent process for district review and approval.

    • Reduces costs and effort associated with validating accountability submissions

    • Improves data quality, and in return, reduces man hours associated with data cleansing

    • Provides a financial return from substantially-reduced accountability costs that can be directed toward teaching and learning initiatives

    • Enables districts to redirect efforts toward the continuous improvement of student outcomes

  • Security

    • District’s accountability data is only accessible by the district users.

    • State and other users have access to aggregate data which is not identifiable to an individual


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Data Warehouse Benefits


The Data Warehouse is a centralized storage space to comingle, organize and integrate Nebraska’s P-20 longitudinal data into a common model.  Users will benefit from the following features:

  • Consolidation of data from multiple systems and data sources

    • Automated consolidation of data from each district’s many source systems

    • Automated daily updates from all participating districts

    • Reduces the number of data collections

    • Improves data quality and consistency within and across all districts

    • Integrates data from multiple systems to provide a more complete and comprehensive view of students and staff data for more robust data analysis

    • Provides timely access to student data enabling educators to quickly adjust curriculum and instruction when necessary

    • Provides a low-cost and uniform service to access technology, applications and data

    • Available to all participating school districts of any and all sizes

  • Aggregation of longitudinal data

    • Consolidates and efficiently organizes the state of Nebraska’s education data

    • Improves communication and collaboration by providing a system of information that can be accessed by a wider range of stakeholders (e.g. legislators, researchers, educators, citizens)

    • Facilitates a culture of data-driven inquiry and decision making

    • Improves data literacy amongst educators

    • Enhances educators’ ability to analyze historical data and identify trends that can inform education policies

  • Security

    • District’s longitudinal student data is only accessible by the district users.

    • State and other users have access to aggregate data which is not identifiable to an individual

  • Business intelligence and analytics reporting interface (future implementation)

    • Improves data analysis to support Nebraska initiatives such as data-driven decision making, continuous improvement, data consolidation, and education intelligence

    • Improves the time it takes to analyze data at the district and state levels

    • Consolidates large amounts of data into manageable and meaningful visualization tools

    • Supports analysis of student performance, college and career readiness and success, instructional improvement initiatives, teacher evaluations, student intervention and professional development effectiveness

    • Transforms data into actionable information

    • Efficient turnaround of reports that can be used to make data driven decisions directly impacting student outcomes


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ADVISER Dashboard Benefits

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The Nebraska ADVISER Dashboard is a web-based view of student and staff data that provides educators with a quick and easy way to personalize instruction and make data driven decisions.  The Nebraska ADVISER Dashboard consolidates data from multiple systems which enables educators to efficiently analyze large amounts of information.  Users will benefit from the following features:

  • Consolidation of data from multiple systems and data sources

    • Integrates data from multiple systems to provide a more complete and comprehensive view of students and staff data for more robust data analysis

    • Provides timely access to student data enabling educators to quickly adjust curriculum and instruction when necessary

  • Detailed, comprehensive, and up to date student profiles
    • Daily updates of student profiles

    • Highlights and organizes students participating in each program

    • Provides easy access to each student’s contact information

    • Provides easy access to historical course and assessment performance

  • Visualization of student and staff data

    • Highlights positive trends and flags negative trends over time

    • Highlights students that are meeting attendance and discipline goals and flags those students that are struggling

    • Highlights students that are meeting goals on state assessments, local assessments and grades and flags those students that are low performing

    • Highlights students that are meeting Advanced Course criteria and flags students that are not currently enrolled in Advanced Courses to ensure high performing students are challenged in the classroom

    • Highlights students that are meeting college ready benchmarks on the three main college entrance exams – PSAT, SAT and ACT

    • Identifies students that have not taken the above college entrance exams

    • Provides easy drill down for more detail (e.g. historical data, student exception lists)

    • Improves data literacy amongst educators

    • Facilitates a culture of data driven decision making

    • Provides a comprehensive set of instructional improvement tools to meet the state’s education initiative.

    • Enables districts to efficiently identify data quality issues

  • Early warning system and intervention catalog

    • Flags students that are at-risk of dropping out based on key indicators (Attendance, Behavior, Coursework)

    • Identifies students who are at-risk of dropping out and have not been assigned an intervention

    • Identifies specific areas where the student needs improvement

    • Based on the specific areas of improvement, users assign targeted interventions to get the student back on track

    • A library of district specific interventions that users can rate for future users




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