I Am The General Public

Human Resources


Welcome to the Nebraska Department of Education Office of Human Resources

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is comprised of individuals who are committed to providing services that ultimately result in a quality education for all Nebraska students. Approximately 500 employees carry out the myriad duties assigned by state and federal statues and the policy direction of the State Board of Education.

In broad terms, the work of NDE may be categorized into four main areas:

  1. Education,
  2. Assisting people with disabilities to join the workforce,
  3. Adjudication of claims for disability benefits under Social Security or Supplemental Security Income, and
  4. Agency administration.

Because of the varied work, NDE has an eclectic mix of personnel including accountants, attorneys, educators who work in consultant and leadership roles, rehabilitation specialists, adjudicators, support personnel, human resources staff, program directors and many more. Click on the following links to read about what some of our employees have to say about working at NDE.

If you would like to learn more about NDE, peruse our current job openings, or obtain information about fringe benefits, check out the quick links to the left. Click on the following links to learn more about Nebraska and living in Lincoln.

NDE does not hire the teachers and administrators that work in the schools. Each school district hires its own personnel. You can  view other job openings websites that list teacher and administrator vacancies in Nebraska.



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National Assessment of Educational Progress


What is NAEP?

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “the Nation’s Report Card,” is designed to measure what students across the nation know and can do in ten subject areas, including mathematics, reading, writing, and science. The results of these tests are reported in the Nation’s Report Card. There are two essential components of NAEP; Main, and Long-term Trend.

Main NAEP provides useful information about student academic achievement at the national and state level. State level results allow us to learn more about student achievement in Nebraska, while also allowing for comparisons between our state and the nation.

Long-Term Trend NAEP, administered every four years, is designed around math and reading content frameworks that have remained virtually unchanged since the early 1970’s. This stability in frameworks is essential to Long-Term Trend NAEP as it provides policy makers with information about student learning over time.

Why Is NAEP Important?

Established by Congress in 1969, NAEP was created to provide a common national yardstick for accurately evaluating the performance of American students.

Who takes NAEP?

Each year a sample of students is drawn to represent the entire student population in grades four and eight.  NAEP assessments are administered to this sample of students, rather than the entire population. This sampling greatly reduces the cost of testing and significantly reduces the burden placed on school staff, while still providing highly reliable results.

Each year since 1992, anywhere from 24 to 350 schools in Nebraska have participated in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Test scores are always kept confidential.   Performance on NAEP is never reported for individual students, schools, or districts.

What NAEP assessments were given in Nebraska in 2014?

In spring 2014 NAEP administered national assessments in technology and engineerling literacy at grades 4 and 8 to a sample of Nebraska students.

Must schools participate in NAEP?

Yes. Federal law requires that states and districts receiving Title I funding participate in the State NAEP reading and mathematics assessments in grades 4 and 8 every two years.



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NDE Public Notices


NDE Public Notice of Proposed Contracts with Public Officials and Public Employees

This series of Public Notices is provided on the NDE website for purposes of compliance with Section 49-14,102 of the Revised Statutes of Nebraska, which states, in part:

“. . . (1) Except as otherwise provided by law, no public official or public employee, a member of that individual’s immediate family, or business with which the individual is associated shall enter into a contract valued at two thousand dollars or more, in any one year, with a government body unless the contract is awarded through an open and public process.
(2) For purposes of this section, an open and public process includes prior public notice and subsequent availability for public inspection during the regular office hours of the contracting government body of the proposals considered and the contract awarded. . . .”

The full text of the statute, which is part of the Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Act, is on the Nebraska Legislature’s website at: http://uniweb.legislature.ne.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=49-14,102.

The proposed contractors listed below fall under the provisions of Section 49-14,102, as the terms in that statute section are defined by other sections of the Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Act. NDE Administrative Policies and Procedures require that these online notices shall be posted for a minimum of seven days before the contract can be signed by the parties.

In order to allow public inspection, each public notice lists the NDE Team responsible for that proposed contract. If an individual wishes to inspect a proposed contract or submit written comments, they should contact that NDE Team.

The following are links to the current and prior public notices posted on this website starting in January 2017. Notices prior to January 2017 are contained in State Board of Education agendas at the NDE website.


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Nebraska Events


Nebraska Career Education Conference
Younes Conference Center & Holiday Inn Convention Center – Kearney, NE
Click the above link for conference information & updates.

The NCE Conference will offer sessions focused on “how to” infuse entrepreneurship into career technical education classes and programs.  In addition, the 2nd Annual NCE Conference Innovative Educators Quick Pitch competition will offer an opportunity for any Career Education teacher, school counselor, or administrator to share their great work with others…for cash prizes. 
Pitches of innovative ideas are judged in three categories:

  • Innovative CTSO Activity
  • Effective Community Outreach
  • Outstanding Classroom Best Practice


Click here for the 2017-2018 Entrepreneurship Events, Competitions, and Conference in Nebraska.


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Nebraska Future Ready Librarians


Nebraska has adopted the Future Ready framework and convened it’s own Future Ready Nebraska Council to assist in guiding the Future Ready Nebraska plan forward. The Council is  committed to using their expertise and knowledge to shape and communicate the vision, strategic objectives, and actions intended to transform the digital education and education systems of Nebraska schools. To learn more about the Future Ready Nebraska Council and its work you can visit the Future Ready Nebraska website.

Future Ready Schools has also created a Future Ready Librarians group that is working to provide Library Media professionals with information and resources to assist in guiding them through the Future Ready process. One of the main components of this work is the Future Ready Librarians Framework. You can learn more about each piece of the framework by clicking the links on the left. You can also find more information and resources at the Future Ready Librarians website on the Future Ready.org website.

Future Ready Librarians Framework

Future Ready Librarians Framework

Other Future Ready Librarian Information & Resources

Future Ready Librarians Twitter Feed

Future Ready Librarians Facebook Page

Future Ready Librarians Pinterest Resources


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Nebraska School Safety



The state school security director appointed pursuant to section 79-2,143 shall be responsible for providing leadership and support for safety and security for the public schools. Duties of the director include, but are not limited to:

(3) Conducting an assessment of the security of each public school building, which assessment shall be completed by August 31, 2017

Steps to the Security Assessment for all school buildings:

NDE Security Self-Assessment

Safety Security Technical Assistance Guide

Paper version: Security Self-Assessment

Other details for the security assessment.


Safety and Security Standards




Standard Response Protocol

SRP Promo

SRP Training (posted 8.18.2016)


Nation’s Leading Suicide Prevention Organization Warns Parents about Social Media Game that Increases Risk of Suicide

13 Reasons Why (posted 4.26.2017)
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NET Force



NET Force


September 22, 2017 Agenda
April 24, 2017 Agenda

January 13, 2017 Agenda
September 23, 2016 Agenda
May 20, 2016 Agenda.
January 22, 2016 Agenda.
May 1, 2015 Agenda.
January 23, 2015 Agenda.
September 19, 2014 Agenda.
May 16, 2014 Agenda.



NET FORCE Minutes 9.22.17 Draft
NET FORCE Minutes 1-13-17
NET FORCE Minutes 9-23-16
NET FORCE Minutes 5-20-16
NET FORCE Minutes 1-22-16
NET FORCE Minutes 5-1-15
NET FORCE Minutes 1-23-15

NET FORCE Minutes 9-19-14


Meeting Handouts/Resources

September 22nd, 2017 Handouts/Resources

April 24th, 2017 Handouts/Resources

January 13th, 2017 Handouts/Resources

September 23rd, 2016 Handouts/Resources

May 20th, 2016 Handouts/Resources

January 22, 2016 Handouts/Resources

May 1, 2015 Handouts/Resources

January 23, 2015 Handouts/Resources

September 19, 2014 Handouts/Resources

May 16, 2014 Handouts/Resources

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OER – Open Education Resources


Open educational resources(OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes.

The development and promotion of open educational resources is often motivated by a desire to provide an alternate or enhanced educational paradigm.

Most OER materials are released under an open license or reside in the public domain.  The difference between the public domain items and the open license items is shown below.

Public versus Open

OER Licenses

There are a variety of license types that you can assign to open license resources. You can see the most common creative licenses types and an explanation for each in the diagram below. Notice that only the first 5 are considered OER licenses.

Creative Commons Licenses

Where to find OER materials

There are many websites that offer access to OER materials including complete courses, textbooks, lesson plans, videos and other media items. There are links below to many commonly used OER sites (in alphabetical order) for all courses and subjects.

College Open Textbooks 
Khan Academy
Merlot II
MIT Open Courseware Online Textbooks
OER Commons
Open Course Library
Open Education Consortium
Open Learning Initiative
Open Physical Education Network
Open Stax CNX
Open Stax College
Open Textbook Library
Open Textbook Store
Teach Astronomy
The Orange Grove


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Office of Early Childhood


Our Vision: All young Nebraska children are
secure, healthy, and successful.

The Office of Early Childhood provides leadership, guidance and support to:

  • develop high quality environments for young children;

  • promote equitable access to inclusive programs and services for all children from birth through age eight;

  • facilitate state and community partnerships that address the needs of young children and their families; and,

  • provide professional development, technical assistance and resources for personnel in early childhood care and education settings.

Activities of the Office of Early Childhood include the development and implementation of policy, data collection and evaluation, leadership for systems development of early childhood initiatives, and collaboration among programs and agencies.

The Office of Early Childhood carries out the work of the Early Childhood Training Center, which disseminates an extensive print and media collection of early childhood resources, maintains a comprehensive training calendar, manages a broad array of training opportunities for early childhood personnel and families, and facilitates the state’s integrated early childhood professional development system.

The Office of Early Childhood works jointly with the NDE Office of Special Education and the Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO), and provides support for the Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council (ECICC).

Early Learning Guidelines Trainer Application

Click here for new information about training approval!

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PPCS and Veterans Education


Private Postsecondary Career Schools Mission Statement

The Private Postsecondary Career Schools and Veterans Education section of the Nebraska Department of Education has the responsibility of authorizing private postsecondary career schools to operate educational programs and to recruit students for their schools.

Veterans Education Mission Statement

We are designated as the State Approving Agency to promote and safeguard quality education and training programs for all Veterans and other eligible persons to ensure greater education and training opportunities that meet the changing needs of Veterans, and to protect the GI Bill resources available for these programs.


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Quality of Educator Preparation – Reports



Title II reporting is in compliance with the amendment of the Higher Education Act in 2008.

Archived Reports – 2014, 2015, and 2016 Reports

Nebraska Endorsements for 2018 Title II Reports
Only the endorsements issued on initial certificates are used in the Title II Reports

Endorsements Issued on Initial Certificates 2018 Report – Sep 1, 2016 – Aug 31, 2017

Endorsements Added to Current Certificates 2018 Report Yearly totals from Sep 1, 2010 – Aug 31, 2017

Endorsements placed on Out of State Applicant Certificates 2018 Report – Sep 1, 2016 – Aug 31, 2017

The 2017 State and Institutional Reports contain data
from the 2015-2016 academic year.

Endorsements Issued on Initial Certificates 2017 ReportSep 1, 2015 – Aug 31, 2016

Endorsements Added to Current Certificates 2017 Report Yearly totals from Sep 1, 2010 – Aug 31, 2016

Endorsements placed on Out of State Applicant Certificates 2017 Report – Sep 1, 2015 – Aug 31, 2016

2017 State Reports

2017 Title II State Report – coming Nov 2017

Educator Preparation Candidate/Completer Report 2008-2016

2017 Institutional Reports – completed April 30, 2017

2017 Institutional Report Summary

Chadron State College

Peru State College

College of Saint Mary

Union College

Concordia University

University of Nebraska Kearney (Traditional Program)

Creighton University

University of Nebraska Kearney
(Alternative Program)

Doane University

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Grace University

University of Nebraska Omaha

Hastings College

Wayne State College

Midland University

York College

Nebraska Wesleyan University

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reVISION is a year-long process that provides Nebraska schools with the opportunity to analyze and transform their current career education systems in order to improve their ability to educate a qualified workforce that meets industry needs within an ever-changing economy. Working in collaboration with postsecondary education and regional workforce/economic development leaders, the reVISION process links career educators, school administrators, school counselors, and industry professionals. Under the leadership of the Nebraska Department of Education and in partnership with the Nebraska Departments of Labor and Economic Development, the reVISION process is a strategic approach for schools to analyze their current career education system and make plans, as needed, for adjustments.

2017-2018 reVISION Initial Grant Recipients!

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 reVISION Initial Grant award recipients! We look forward to working with each of you throughout this year! 

Arapahoe Public Schools

Brady Public Schools

Central City Public Schools

David City Public Schools

ESU 01

Riverside Public Schools

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller Schools

Tri County Public Schools

reVISION has been awarding grants since 2011. Learn about past grant recipients (coming soon)

Important Dates and Application Information 

  • February 5, 2018: Application Available 
  • May 1, 2018: Applications Due by 5:00pm CST 
  • June 15, 2018: Award Notification 
  • July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019: Grant Award Year 

Click here to find out more about the reVISION grant program, including types of grants, eligibility,  selection criteria, and FAQ. 

In the News!

Rural communities often face unique challenges associated with improving the quality of CTE programming. Check out reVISION as a featured program addressing this issue from AdvanceCTE! Download the article here


Learn More 

For more information, contact: 

Katie Graham
Deputy State Director, Career Education


The reVISION grant program is made possible through reserve funds from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 and statewide leadership funds. 



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reVISION Initial Grant


Program Overview

The purpose of the Perkins reVISION Initial grant is to assist local school districts in completing the reVISION Career Education strategic planning process. Working in collaboration with postsecondary education and regional workforce/economic development leaders, the reVISION process links career educators, school administrators, school counselors, industry professionals, and community leaders. Through this process, schools will have the opportunity to analyze and transform their current Career Education (CE) system to improve their ability to educate a qualified workforce that meets employers’ needs. This will help ensure that high quality CE programs are in place in all Nebraska schools, and that such programs are aligned with college and career readiness standards as well as the needs of employers, industry, and labor.

Specifically, the outcomes of reVISION include: 

  • Aligning and supporting CE systems with local, regional, and/or statewide economic initiatives
  • Developing Nebraska’s talent pipelines for economic growth and workforce development
  • Analyzing and updating current CE Programs of Study and curricular offerings
  • Strengthening secondary CE program alignment with Nebraska postsecondary education entrance expectations
  • Engaging local/regional businesses in CE programming 

Eligible Recipients

Districts that have not completed a reVISION evaluation process are eligible to participate in this reVISION grant opportunity. An Educational Service Unit (ESU) may apply on behalf of a group of schools and serve as the single fiscal agent for the grant. Similarly, a lead school may apply for a group of schools and serve as the single fiscal agent.


Participation in the reVISION process requires the following:

  • The identification of a reVISION team. This team should consist of all CE teachers from each CE discipline/career field, school counselors, and at least one school administrator (building principal required). In addition, teams may consider additional team members such as school board members, core academic teachers, middle school teachers, or
    other key stakeholders. 
  • Participation in an initial meeting facilitated by Nebraska Career Education (NCE) staff. Regional meetings will be held in multiple reVISION districts if appropriate. The initial meeting should be scheduled in September or October if possible.
  • Facilitation of a Community Engagement Meeting to be completed by mid-January.
  • Participation in a second meeting facilitated by NCE staff scheduled after the Community Engagement Meeting. This meeting should be held in January or February to allow adequate time to summarize feedback and key findings.
  • Development of a 3-5 year Action Plan that identifies high priority changes for your CE system.
  • Closing out the grant (due October 15), including the submission of a Final Report, reVISION Action Plan, and final financial claim including itemized printouts detailing the expenditures form the project.

Use of Funds

This grant is intended to assist with implementing the reVISION process in the local district. Perkins funds may only be used to:

  • Reimburse substitute teachers to allow teachers to participate in the reVISION process
  • Teacher time outside of contract time to prepare for reVISION activities
  • Expenses associated with the NCE facilitated and Community Engagement meetings (such as a working meal, materials, etc.)

The maximum amount individual schools may apply for is $2,000.

Future Funding Opportunities 

After completing the reVISION process, districts are eligible to apply for reVISION Action grants for the following three consecutive years. reVISION Action grants may be used to help implement the Action Plan developed by the district during the reVISION process.


Download the reVISION Initial Grant Application.
(coming soon) 

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Rules and Regulations


General Information Regarding NDE Rules and Regulations

Statutory Authority: The Administrative Procedures Act (Sections 84-901 to 84-920 of the Revised Statutes of Nebraska) contains the main statutory provisions detailing how state agency rules and regulations are adopted. Under state law, the terms “rules” and “regulations” may be used interchangeably. The State Board of Education has the authority to adopt state rules and regulations for carrying out the State Board’s constitutional responsibilities and those responsibilities assigned to the State Department of Education by the Legislature. State regulations that are properly adopted and filed with the Secretary of State have the effect of statutory law (See Nucor Steel v. Leuenberger, 233 Neb. 863 (1989).

Nebraska Administrative Code: All Nebraska state agency regulations are compiled in the Nebraska Administrative Code (NAC). Each agency is assigned certain titles of the Code for its rules and regulations. The Nebraska Department of Education uses Titles 92 and 93. The Nebraska Department of Education administration regulations are contained in Title 92 of the NAC, and each of the Department of Education’s “rules” are actually “chapters” of Title 92 of the NAC. Thus, the formal legal citation to the Department’s “Rule 1” is “Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 1”, or “92 NAC 1” when abbreviated. In addition, Title 93 is used for the Department’s Personnel regulations for its state employees.

If questions or comments about this webpage please call or email Brenda Wid. 402-471-0310 brenda.wid@nebraska.gov

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State Board of Education


Live Video Stream –
State Board of Education Work Session – December 7, 2017 (2:00 p.m.)
State Board of Education Board Meeting – December 8, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)

The State Board of Education is an elected, constitutional body that sets policy and ensures that the State Department of Education functions effectively within the framework developed by the state Legislature and the board. By law, the board and the department have broad leadership functions to carry out certain regulatory and service activities.

Statewide oversight of education in Nebraska began in February 1869 when the Legislature created the office of the state superintendent of public instruction. The office was included in the constitution of 1875. In 1917, the Legislature decided to place the state superintendent on a non-partisan basis. In 1920, the constitution was changed to have the superintendent serve a four-year term beginning in 1923.

A 1952 constitutional amendment established a State Department of Education, which acts under the authority of the State Board of Education. The role of state superintendent of public instruction was transferred to the Board of Education or the commissioner of education effective in January 1955.

The 1967 Legislature divided the state into eight districts, and the membership of the State Board of Education was increased from six to eight members effective January 1969. The districts were realigned by the 2011 Legislature.

The board is elected on a non-partisan ballot, with one member from each district. Board members serve four-year terms. Board members are not paid, but are reimbursed for their expenses.

Public Participation at State Board of Education Meetings

According to State Board Policy B12, the published agenda of every regular meeting of the State Board shall contain an item identified as Public Comment Period. This period may be available to any person who wishes to address the State Board on any subject within its authority.

Each individual speaking to the Board will be required to complete a “Sign-in” card to identify him or herself. Persons speaking to the Board during Public Comment may hand out printed materials to the Board but may not use any other forms of media. Each person may address the Board for up to five minutes.

Any citizen or spokesperson for a group of citizens may request a 10 minute appearance before the State Board of Education at any regular meeting or work session of the Board except when the Board declares itself to be in executive session, and may address the Board, provided a request for such address has been made to the Commissioner of Education or Board members in writing at least three days in advance of the meeting in order to permit such appearance to be placed on the published agenda.

If at any time persons appearing before the Board exceed the time limitations set forth in this Policy or on the agenda or become abusive in language or behavior, it shall be the responsibility of the President to declare that person out of order and to refuse permission to continue to address the Board. Anyone refusing to be identified will be prohibited from speaking.

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