Interim Programs, Rule 18

On December 29, 2003, Governor Johanns signed Rule 18: Regulations and Procedures for the Approval of Interim-Program Schools in County Detention Homes, Institutions, and Juvenile Emergency Shelters. The Nebraska Department of Education Rule 18 establishes the minimum educational staffing, programs and educational services that must be provided by Interim-Program Schools to make them eligible to receive reimbursement by the State Office of Health and Human Services System (HHSS) beginning with the 2004-05 school year. It further establishes requirements of public schools to work cooperatively and effectively with the Interim-Program Schools to insure students are provided with the real opportunity to make appropriate advancement toward graduation.

Rule 18 was developed over a multiple-year period by an interagency task force representing different state and federal programs, and with the advice and consultation of representatives of many of the schools affected. Rule 18 is intended to do two things. One is to establish certain standards of interim-program schools in order to insure public schools may have confidence in awarding academic credit for work accomplished by students while on the premises or interim-program schools. Second, the rule is intended to provide assurance to the students in interim-program schools that their academic work will be honored by the public schools to which the student will return.


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Educational Service Units, Rule 84

Educational Service Units act primarily as service agencies in providing core services and services identified and requested by member school districts. Accreditation is earned by complying with all provisions of Rule 84: Rules and Regulations for the Accreditation of Educational Service Units. This rule is intended to support educational service units in effectively and efficiently supporting school systems in this state and to establish the minimum level of performance for accreditation of the Nebraska education service units.

Educational Service Units have consistently demonstrated a commitment to improve the level of leadership and service that they provide to Nebraska’s schools. Additionally, one of the continuing requirements of Rule 84 is that each ESU is to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of its programs and services at least once in every five-year period using models approved by the Department and as scheduled by the Unit. A model is presented as a framework to assist Educational Service Units as they work to meet this requirement and as they develop a plan for the evaluation and improvement for all unit programs and services. 


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Approval, Rule 14

Private and parochial (nonpublic) school systems may operate as approved schools by complying with the provisions of Rule 14: Regulations and Procedures for the Legal Operation of Approved Nonpublic Schools. This set of requirements establishes minimum standards for the operation of nonpublic schools and supports the missions and goals of nonpublic education in Nebraska while insuring a level of quality and equality of educational opportunity.

A governing body seeking approval or seeking to add grades to a previously approved school shall make application on the “Application for Conditional Approval to Open a New Nonpublic School” form. The completed application form must be received by the Department no later than May 1 prior to the start of the school year. Applicants seeking approval must meet the requirements in Rule 14.

Checklist for Reviewing Rule 14 (Approved) Nonpublic Schools:

Schools applying to move from approved Rule 14 to accredited Rule 10 notify NDE of their intent by July 1, follow the applicable Documentation Report checklist, and submit documentation to NDE by November 1: (Click here for a description or more information)

  • Documentation Report for Secondary Schools
  • Documentation Report for Elementary Schools
  • Documentation Report for K-12 Schools


Special forms for nonpublic schools are filed, if necessary, when reporting curriculum through NSSRS

(Click here for a description or more information)

Biennial Courses Form (NDE 08-023) – There are two forms available for your use, the second one allows you to fill in the form on your computer before printing. Otherwise, they are the same form.

Cooperative Arrangements Course Form (NDE 08-021) – There are two forms available for your use, the second one allows you to fill in the form on your computer before printing. Otherwise, they are the same form.

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Accreditation, Rule 10

ACCREDITATION

All public school systems are required by state statute to be accredited.  Accreditation is a designation earned by complying with all provisions of Rule 10: Regulations and Procedures for the Accreditation of Schools.  These regulations and procedures are intended to establish equality of educational opportunity for all students in public elementary and secondary schools.

Accredited school systems are also considered to be approved for legal operation for purposes of state law.  Approved private or parochial schools are eligible to apply for and maintain accreditation under the provisions of Rule 10.

Accreditation is granted for one school year from each July 1 through the following June 30. Renewal is based upon the school system’s compliance with Rule 10 during the prior school year.  Failure to comply with mandatory requirements for legal operation in Section 003 of Rule 10 may cause a school system to lose its accreditation during the school year.


 
 
 

Checklists for Reviewing Rule 10 (Accredited) Schools:

 

Biennial Courses Form (NDE 08-023) – There are two forms available for your use, the second one allows you to fill in the form on your computer before printing. Otherwise, they are the same form.

 
 
 

Cooperative Arrangements Course Form (NDE 08-021) – There are two forms available for your use, the second one allows you to fill in the form on your computer before printing. Otherwise, they are the same form.

 
 
   
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Accreditation

Mission Statement

To lead and support Nebraska Schools in assuring equitable educational opportunities and promoting improved performance for all learners through continuous school improvement.


The Accreditation and School Improvement Team is responsible for:

Accreditation Rule 10, Regulations and Procedures for the Accreditation of Schools.  Accredited schools must comply with 92 NAC 10, the rules and regulations which govern standards and procedures for the accreditation of all public schools and any nonpublic schools that request state accreditation. Districts/schools may also choose to be accredited by the AdvancED/North Central Association accrediting body.

Approval Rule 14, Regulations and Procedures for the Legal Operation of Approved Nonpublic Schools. Approved schools must comply with 92 NAC 14 the rules and regulations which govern standards and procedures for the approval and legal operation of all non-accredited nonpublic schools in the state.  

Educational Service Units Rule 84, Regulations for the Accreditation of Educational Service Units. Educational service units must comply with 92 NAC 84 the rules and regulations for the guidance, supervision, accreditation, and coordination of educational service units.  

Interim ProgramsRule 18, Interim-Program Schools in County Detention Homes, Institutions, and Juvenile Emergency Shelters. Interim-Programs must comply with 92 NAC 18 the rules and regulations that establish minimum standards for Interim-Programs to make them eligible to receive reimbursement by the State Office of Health and Human Services System and requirements of public schools to work cooperatively and effectively with the Interim-Programs to insure students are provided with the real opportunity to make appropriate advancement toward graduation.

School Improvement – Accredited schools must have a systematic on-going process that guides planning, implementation, and evaluation and renewal of continuous school improvement activities to meet local and statewide goals and priorities.  The process includes a periodic review by visiting educators who provide consultation to the local school/community in continued accomplishment of plans and goals.


Accreditation and School Improvement

Phone: (402) 471-2444

Email: nde.accreditation@nebraska.gov

Freida Lange
Administrator
freida.lange@nebraska.gov

Don Loseke
Education Specialist IV
don.loseke@nebraska.gov

Jolene Palmer
School Safety Director
Jolene.Palmer@nebraska.gov

Kim Snyder
Management Consultant
Kim.Snyder@nebraska.gov

Brad Conner 
Management Consultant
Brad.Conner@nebraska.gov

 

 


AdvancED / North Central Association

Phone: (402) 471-0955

Freida Lange
State Liaison to AdvancED
freida.lange@nebraska.gov

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