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21st Century Community Learning Centers


21st CCLC is a federally-funded competitive grant program designed to support the establishment of community learning centers serving students in high need school buildings. Funding is provided by the Federal government through the No Child Left Behind Act, Every Student Succeeds Act, and is administered by the Nebraska Department of Education.

These grants are awarded to projects that offer a broad array of services, programs and activities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (such as afterschool or during summer recess). The three goals for this grant program are to: improve overall student success and learning performance in one or more academic areas through academic support and enrichment activities, increase social benefits and positive behavioral changes, and increase active and meaningful family and community engagement in supporting students’ education.

Nebraska 21st CCLC
PARTNER spotlight



AQeSTT logoIntersection of the Six Tenets of AQuESTT and
Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program


Nebraska State Board of Education Policy for Expanded Learning Opportunities (Adopted 09/06/13)


Trunkin’ Through Nebraska
A Mobile Children’s Museum
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Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow



We’ve gone beyond measuring against standard requirements to create a next-generation accountability system that supports and rewards continuous improvement for every student, school, and educator.

The result is an innovative approach that views each student holistically, classifies all schools into four performance levels, and provides opportunities for every Nebraskan to get involved.

For more information on the Nebraska AQuESTT System, visit aquestt.com.

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AdvancED Nebraska


Contact your AdvancED-Nebraska office any time!

2017 Continuous Improvement Workshops

All schools are welcome to attend these workshops – Frameworks and AdvancED

Gering CIP Workshop
Dates: September 18-19, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Gering Civic Center, Gering, NE

York CIP Workshop
Dates: September 25-26, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Holthus Convention Center, York, NE

Norfolk CIP Workshop
Dates: October 9-10, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location:Lifelong Learning Center, Norfolk, NE

Kearney CIP Workshop
Dates: October 19-20, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Educational Service Unit 10, Kearney, NE

Omaha CIP Workshop
Dates: October 24-25, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Educational Service Unit 3, Omaha, NE

Freida Lange, State Liaison to AdvancED

866-415-7367 (Toll Free) or 402-471-0955
402-471-4321 Fax

Mailing Address: AdvancED – Nebraska 
PO Box 95163
Lincoln, NE 68509

Shipping Address: AdvancED – Nebraska
6th Floor, Dept. of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68508

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Afterschool Programs


Helpful Resources for Starting an Afterschool Program

Afterschool programs keep students safe and provide students with a place to learn, develop skills and build relationships with professional staff and fellow students. Afterschool programs give students the opportunity to also explore other interests, hobbies and engage in fun activities. Students have additional time to learn and grow outside of the school day. These additional opportunities help support academic achievement and social development. They also provide families and communities with an additional way to connect with students and get involved in their education.

This website is designed to assist schools and communities in the creation of their afterschool program. This website includes ideas, tips and additional resources to assist with the planning process from the beginning stages of development to the final product: a safe, fun learning environment for students and families.

If you are a current grantee of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, you can find additional resources under the My 21 CCLC tab.


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2017-18 Testing Dates

ELPA21 Window-February 5-March 16, 2018

NeSA-English Language Arts, Math, Science Window

Grades 3-8, General and Grades 3-8 & 11, Alternate

March 19-April 27, 2018

Make-up week April 30-May 4, 2018

Statewide Testing Dates (Grade 11)
ACT Test Dates

Paper Testing DatePaper Accommodations Testing Window
April 3, 2018April 3-April 17, 2018
Paper Testing Make-Up DateOnline Testing Window
April 24, 2018April 3-April 12, 2018 (Tues,Weds,Thurs Only)

Questions? Need Help?

Click here for NDE and DRC Contact Information

2017 NSCAS Accessibility Manual DRAFT

NSCAS Accessibility Manual Draft 11.2.17


ACT Training PowerPoint November 2017- ACT

NDE ACT Presentation November 2017 PowerPoint


Standards, Assessment and Accountability Updates

SAA Update 19 (Spring 2017) 

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Business, Marketing, and Management and Information Technology


Welcome BMIT Educators!

The 2017 BMIT Fall Workshop Registration is now open!  Register for one of the following sites:

  • ESU 6—Milford – Oct. 4, 210 Fifth Street, Milford

  • Northeast Community College-Norfolk – Oct. 11, Norfolk Lifelong Learning Center, 
    Room C & D, 601 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk

  • Omaha – Oct. 12, UNO—Community Engagement Center, Room 230/231 
    (6001 Dodge Street, Omaha)

  • Western Nebraska Community College-Scottsbluff – Oct. 17, Harms Advanced Technology Center, Room A103, 2620 College Park, Scottsbluff

  • North Platte Community College, South Campus – Oct. 18, McDonald-Belton Bldg.,
    Room 122, North Platte (located south of interstate at 601 West State Farm Road)

  • Central Community College – Hastings – Oct. 25, Cottonwood Room, Hall Student Union, 550 South Technical Blvd., Hastings

Nebraska Observations and Recommendations by MBA Research & Curriculum Center

Nebraska business and industry panels for Business Management and Administration, Finance, and Marketing were convened in November 2016 to identify the top trends impacting their businesses.

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Certification Investigations


The purpose of the Certification Investigations’ Office is to ensure that individuals who hold a certificate issued by the Nebraska Department of Education adhere to the standards of professional conduct and ethics as set forth in Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 27 (Rule 27).  A Standards of Conduct and Ethics for Holders of Public School Certificates pamphlet is available.

Pursuant to Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 28 (Rule 28), the Department is authorized to receive, investigate, and prosecute complaints against Nebraska school certificate holders. Complaint forms filed with the Department may ultimately result in disciplinary action being taken against the certificate holder.  For more information, a Procedural Guidelines Pamphlet is available.

You may also search for whether an individual holds a current Nebraska certificate through the Teacher Certification Educator Certificate and Application Lookup Site.

View Recent Disciplinary Actions


Contact Us
P.O. Box 94933, Lincoln NE 68509
(402) 471-0312

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Communications & Outreach



The mission of the Nebraska Department of Education’s Office of Communications and Outreach is to support the successful execution and communication of the Department’s mission, vision and values. The Office of Communications and Outreach is responsible for assisting Department leadership, operations, and program staff in providing clear, consistent, and effective communication to all internal and external stakeholders related to Department programs, services, functions, and


Through open communication, position Nebraska’s education system and the Nebraska Department of Education as the premiere administrative education entity in the country.


Week In Review


Press Releases

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Comprehensive System of Personal Development (CSPD)


The Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) leads efforts to increase the capacity of educators to better serve students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers in inclusive K-12 settings. The current training priorities are:

Supporting Beginning Special Education Teachers:

Symposium on Special Education and Beginning Teaching – June 24, 2015

Alternative Education Webinar Series 2015


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support

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Communications & Outreach Staff

Photo of Katie BieberKatie Bieber

Director of Communications
P: 402-471-5025
E: katie.bieber@nebraska.gov


Photo of Shauna GroenewoldShauna Groenewold

Web and Social Media Specialist
P: 402-471-3186
E: shauna.groenewold@nebraska.gov


Photo of David HefleyDavid Hefley

Web Content Manager
P: 402-471-4538
E: david.hefley@nebraska.gov


Photo of David JespersenDavid Jespersen

Public Information Officer
P: 402-471-4537
E: david.jespersen@nebraska.gov


Photo of Drew WorsterDrew Worster

Multimedia Specialist
P: 402-471-0533
E: drew.worster@nebraska.gov


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Content Area Standards


Nebraska Revised Statute 79-760.01 requires the Nebraska State Board of Education to “adopt measurable academic content standards for at least the grade levels required for statewide assessment.” Those standards shall cover the subject areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, and the State Board of Education shall develop a plan to review and update standards for those subject areas every seven years. The revised statute is effective as of August 30, 2015.

In addition to the content standards required by statute, the Nebraska Department of Education has developed content standards for fine arts, physical education, health education, and world languages, as well as course-based content standards for Career and Technical Education.  Although not required by law, the standards provide schools a framework for ensuring quality teaching and learning for all content areas offered in schools. 

A Standards Revision Timeline has been developed and includes a tentative timeline for the review and revision of all content area standards.  The timeline includes the following assumptions:

  • The review and revision of content standards will be completed by the end of the seven-year cycle.
  • The review and revision process may take up to 1.5 years to complete.
  • Most review and revision processes will begin in the spring and are expected to be completed by the following fall.
  • Pursuant to 79-7601.01, school districts will have one year to adopt the state-approved content standards or adopt standards deemed as equal to or more rigorous than the state-approved content standards in the subject areas of reading and writing (English Language Arts), mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • School districts are encouraged to adopt the state-approved standards in other content areas (Fine Arts, Physical Education, Health Education, and World Languages) within one year of being adopted by the State Board of Education.
  • Career and Technical Education standards will be reviewed and revised on a five-year cycle in order to remain current with occupational demands/standards.

Standards Timeline

Download the Standards Revision Timeline for all content areas.  If you have questions or need more information, please contact Dr. Cory Epler, Chief Academic Officer (cory.epler@nebraska.gov).

Content Area Standards (NeSA Tested)

English Language Arts

On September 5, 2014, the Nebraska State Board of Education adopted Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts.

Other formats and the 2009 Nebraska ELA Standards are located on the English Language Arts Webpage.


On September 4, 2015, the Nebraska State Board of Education adopted Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematics.

Other formats and the 2009 Nebraska Mathematics Standards are located on the Mathematics Education Webpage


On September 8, 2017, the Nebraska State Board of Education approved Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Science.

Other formats are located on the Science Education Webpage.

Content Area Standards (Non-NeSA Tested)

Fine Arts

On March 4, 2014, the Nebraska State Board of Education adopted the Nebraska Fine Arts Standards.

Other formats are located on the Fine Arts Education Webpage.

Physical Education

On October 7, 2016, the Nebraska State Board of Education adopted the Nebraska Physical Education Standards.

The 2006 Nebraska Physical Education Essential Learnings are located on the Physical Education Webpage. The Health Education Standards and the Nebraska State Board of Education Policy for Coordinated School Health, are located on the Coordinated School Health Webpage.

Social Studies

On December 7, 2012, the Nebraska State Board of Education approved the Nebraska Social Studies Standards.

Other formats are located on the Social Studies Education Webpage.

World Languages

In 1996, the Nebraska World Language Essential Learnings were developed. 

Other information is located on the World Language Education Webpage.

Career Education Programs of Study and Career Field Course Standards

Career Education Programs of Study and Course Standards are located on the Career Education Standards Webpage. This includes Programs of Study and Course Standards within the following Career Fields:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Business, Marketing, and Management
  • Communication and Information Systems
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Sciences and Education
  • Skilled and Technical Sciences

In November 2017, the Nebraska State Board of Education approved content area standards for the following Career Fields. These standards will be linked from the Career Education Standards Website in the Summer of 2018.

English Language Proficiency Standards

In 2013, the Nebraska State Board of Education adopted the Nebraska English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards. The ELP Standards highlight the critical language, knowledge about language, and skills using language that are necessary for English Language Learners (ELLs) to be successful in school. 

Other information regarding the ELP Standards and the ELPA 21 Assessment is located on the Title III Homepage.

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Coordinated School Health


Physical Education Standards Adopted 10/7/2016

A Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) model consists of eight interactive components. Schools by themselves cannot, and should not be expected to address the nation’s most serious health and social problems. Families, health care workers, the media, religious organizations, community organizations that serve youth and young people themselves also must be systematically involved. However, schools could provide a critical facility in which many agencies might work together to maintain the well-being of young people.


1. Health Education

A planned, sequential, K – 12 curriculum that addresses the physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health. The curriculum is designed to motivate and assist students to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and reduce health-related risk behaviors. It allows students to develop and demonstrate increasingly sophisticated health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices. The comprehensive health education curriculum includes a variety of topics such as personal health, family health, community health, consumer healthy, environmental health, sexuality education, mental and emotional health, injury prevention and safety, nutrition, prevention and control of disease, and substance use and abuse. Qualified, trained teachers provide health education.

2. Physical Education

A planned, sequential K – 12 curriculum that provides cognitive content and learning experiences in a variety of activity areas such as basic movement skills; physical fitness; rhythms and dance; games; team, dual, and individual sports; tumbling and gymnastics; and aquatics. Quality physical education should promote, through a variety of planned physical activities, each student’s optimum physical, mental, emotional, and social development, and should promote activities and sports that all students enjoy and can pursue throughout their lives. Qualified, trained teachers teach physical activity.

3. Health Services

Services provided for students to appraise, protect, and promote health. These services are designed to ensure access or referral to primary health care services or both, foster appropriate use of primary health care services, prevent and control communicable disease and other health problems, provide emergency care for illness or injury, promote and provide optimum sanitary conditions for a safe school facility and school environment, and provide educational and counseling opportunities for promoting and maintaining individual, family, and community health. Qualified professionals such as physicians, nurses, dentists, health educators, and other allied health personnel provide these services.

4. Nutrition Services

Access to a variety of nutritious and appealing meals that accommodate the health and nutrition needs of all students. School nutrition programs reflect the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and other criteria to achieve nutrition integrity. The school nutrition services offer students a learning laboratory for classroom nutrition and health education, and serve as a resource for linkages with nutrition-related community services. Qualified child nutrition professionals provide these services.

5. Counseling and Psychological Services

Services provided to improve students’ mental, emotional, and social health. These services include individual and group assessments, interventions, and referrals. Organizational assessment and consultation skills of counselors and psychologists contribute not only to the health of students but also to the health of the school environment. Professionals such as certified school counselors, psychologist, and social workers provide these services.

6. Healthy School Environment

The physical and aesthetic surroundings and the psychosocial climate and culture of the school. Factors that influence the physical environment include the school building and the area surrounding it, any biological or chemical agents that are detrimental to health, and physical conditions such as temperature, noise, and lighting. They psychological environment includes the physical, emotional, and social conditions that affect the well-being of students and staff.

7. Health Promotion for Staff

Opportunities for school staff to improve their health status through activities such as health assessments, healthy education and health-related fitness activities. These opportunities encourage school staff to pursue a healthy lifestyle that contributes to their improved health status, improved morale, and a greater personal commitment to the school’s overall coordinated health program. This personal commitment often transfers into greater commitment to the health of students and creates positive role modeling. Health promotion activities have improved productivity, decreased absenteeism, and reduced health insurance costs.

8. Family/Community Involvement

An integrated school, parent, and community approach for enhancing the health and well-being of students. School healthy advisory councils, coalitions, and broadly based constituencies for school health can build support for school health program efforts. Schools actively solicit parent involvement and engage community resources and services to respond more effectively to the health-related needs of students.

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CTE Data and Research


The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Data & Research website provides quick access to empirical information related to Career & Technical Education (CTE) in Nebraska, including resources on topics such as CTE student outcomes, data reporting and accountability, return on investment, and labor market information. 

Nebraska CTE Delivers! 

  • 72% of Nebraska’s students grades 7-12 participate in CTE annually! 
  • 99% of Nebraska’s CTE concentrators graduate high school!
  • Less than .01% of Nebraska’s CTE concentrators drop out of high school! 
  • 100% of Nebraska’s high schools offer CTE programs! 

Click here to learn more and download the latest infographic highlighting Nebraska CTE student performance outcomes. 

Important Dates & Deadlines

  •  June 15th – CTE Accountability Data Due 
  • June 15 – 30th – Data Audit Window
  • June 30th – Data Finalized
  •  October 15th – CTE Accountability Data Due
  • October 15 – 30th – Data Audit Window
  • November 1st  – Data Finalized 
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Current Hearing Drafts


Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 71, Procedures for Formal Review of Vocational Rehabilitation Determinations, as approved by the Commissioner June 6, 2017. A public hearing was held 7/19/17, and the rule approved at the Board meeting 8/4/17. Rule was sent to AGO 8/8/17.

Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 72, Cost Sharing and Cost Containment Rules for Vocational Rehabilitation, as approved by the Commissioner June 6, 2017. A public hearing was held 7/19/17, and the rule approved at the Board meeting 8/4/17. Rule was sent to AGO 8/8/17.

Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 15, Regulations and Procedures for the Education of Students with Limited English Proficiency in Public Schools, as approved by the Commissioner October 5, 2017.  A public hearing will be held Monday, November 20, 2017 at 9 a.m. (CT) at the Nebraska State Office Building, Nebraska Department of Education, 6th floor, State Board Meeting Room, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE.

Title 92, Nebraska Administrative Code, Chapter 23, Regulations for the Basic Skills Competency Testing Teachers and Administrators, as approved by the Commissioner October 26, 2017.  A public hearing will be held Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. (CT) at the Nebraska State Office Building, Nebraska Department of Education, 6th floor, State Board Meeting Room, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE.

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Data, Research, and Evaluation


DRE Workgroups

  • NDE Helpdesk – Supporting the work of the Department and School Districts with data collections and submissions, technical questions, as well support for the multiple interfaces with Nebraska Schools. Specific support expertise includes the Nebraska Student and Staff Record System (NSSRS), the Grants Management System (GMS) and other NDE Portal applications. The NDE Help Desk will provide all users with a single, helpful, and friendly first point of contact for the Nebraska Department of Education web portal applications.
  • Research and Evaluation – Focusing on conducting research and evaluation projects that support a deeper understanding of the data, best practice, and supports for improving teaching and learning in Nebraska schools. The research group is also heavily involved in supporting the training and technical assistance of Nebraska schools in submitting data as well as in promoting the use of data and training for data literacy, analysis, and use among ESUs, districts, and schools.
  • Staff Data – Integrating the collection, refinement and use of the staff data to meet federal and state reporting requirements, ensuring effective integrations with programs (including teacher certification and school approval and accreditation), and working to publish a variety of useful reports are the primary responsibilities of the Staff Data work group.
  • Student Data – The key focus of the Student Data work group includes ensuring the collection, refinement, and use of the student data to meet federal and state reporting requirements; the effective integration with programs; and taking the lead on the annual State of the Schools Report (SOSR) and the Data Reporting System (DRS).
  • P-20 Data System – The integration of data sources across the spectrum for longitudinal analysis and reports provides an opportunity for information to inform both policy and practice. The efforts of the P-20 data systems include engagement of public postsecondary institutions in support of the long term engagement ot student success.

Data Sources:

State of the Schools: /state-of-the-schools-reports/

Data Reporting System: http://drs.education.ne.gov/Pages/


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Disciplinary Action


The Certification Investigation Review is provided by the Certification Investigations’ Office of the Nebraska Department of Education. The documents set forth herein are copies of orders and reprimands issued by the State Board of Education, the Commissioner of Education, or the Nebraska Professional Practices Commission, involving Nebraska certificate holders, and copies of voluntary surrenders executed by Nebraska certificate holders, all of which are public records.

While every effort has been made to produce an exact replica of the order, reprimand, or voluntary surrender as it exists, the Nebraska Department of Education cannot guarantee the accuracy and completeness of the documents herein. A copy of the original written version of the documents herein is available by making a written request to the Certification Investigations’ Office, Nebraska Department of Education, P. O. Box 94933, Lincoln, NE 68509-4933. If you have any questions, comments, or corrections, email may be addressed to the following: nikki.sander@nebraska.gov

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Education and Training


Welcome to the Education and Training Website!

This site is under construction! More content will be added soon!


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Educational Technology


Our Purpose

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) promotes the use of current and emerging technologies through initiatives and partnerships that expand opportunities for learning beyond the boundaries of the school and classroom.

The Guiding Principles used in developing the Digital Education Position Statement and approved by the Nebraska State Board of Education include:

  • Ensure a student-centered approach that incorporates personalized learning to foster deeper learning competencies and greater skill development
  • Support a dynamic vision that drives change through proactive leadership to support learning
  • Build connections amongst stakeholders to take action in support of success for all learners
  • Provide all Nebraskans significant opportunity to receive fair, equitable, and high quality education and services to close achievement gaps
  • Allow all learners to achieve their fullest potential in transitioning through phases of school and into civic life
  • Ensure all educators are effectively using instructional strategies and monitoring student progress using multiple measures of proficiency
  • Prepare all learners to be college, career, and civic ready

Using these guiding principles, the Nebraska Department of Education believes that digital education and related supports must provide quality-learning opportunities for all Nebraska students and that Nebraska schools are Ready for the Future (Future Ready).

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Educator Effectiveness


Educator Effectiveness Tenet SymbolEducator Effectiveness


Educator Effectiveness Belief Statement

The State Board believes that students should be surrounded by effective educators throughout their learning experiences such that schools and districts develop effective teachers and leaders who establish a culture of success.

Nebraska Strategic Vision and Direction – Outcomes and Goals for Educator Effectiveness

Outcome Statement: Assure students are supported by qualified/credentialed, effective teachers and leaders throughout their learning experiences.

Goal 7.1: By 2018, NDE will develop and implement a statewide teacher equity plan.

Goal 7.2: By 2020, 100% of Nebraska schools will utilize performance standards and a research-based evaluation system for all certificated staff as aligned to Rule 10.

Goal 7.3:  By 2022, 100% of Nebraska schools will be staffed by teachers who have or are actively pursuing a teaching certificate with the appropriate endorsement for the subject(s) and grade level(s) of the course(s) being taught.


Video Overview of the Nebraska Model System of Evaluation

Nebraska Model System for Teacher and Principal Evaluation (8 minute screencast)

2017-2018 Educator Evaluation Grant Competition – Congratulations!

Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2017-2018 Educator Evaluation Grant Awards!  Grant funds will help these school districts update or enhance their existing educator evaluation systems and processes, with an emphasis on system alignment to the Nebraska Model System of Evaluation.

Blue Hill Community Schools

Chadron Public Schools

Grand Island Public Schools

Seward Public Schools

Sidney Public Schools

Westside Community Schools

Policies and Reports

Guidance Documents


Effective Practices Rubrics

Professional Growth Plan Rubrics

SLO/PLO/Action Plan Rubrics

Forms (interactive/fillable)

Comprehensive Evaluation Forms

Professional Growth/Improvement/Assistance Plans

SLO/PLO/Action Plan Forms

Record Keeping Forms

Webinar Links

Archives (note that updated, current versions of these documents are located above)


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Educator Preparation



Quick Link News

Content Test Scores Updated – 8-18-16

Content Testing FAQ – updated 12-18-15

Preparing quality teachers and other professional educators for the State of Nebraska is a vital component of the Nebraska Department of Education’s mission. The Teacher Education Program Approval section is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and approving teacher and administrator education programs that lead to certification to teach, administer and provide special services in schools. There are 16 institutions in the state with approved educator preparation programs.

Primary responsibilities of the Educator Preparation Section:

  • Review and approve educator preparation programs in Nebraska. The standards and procedures are outlined in Rule 20, Regulations for the Approval of Teacher Education Programs; Rule 21, Issuance of Certificates and Permits to Teach, Counsel, Supervise and Administer in Nebraska Schools; Rule 23, Regulations for the Basic Skills Competency Testing of Teachers and Administrators; and Rule 24, Regulations for Certificate Endorsements and the accompanying Guidelines.

  • Provide leadership to the Nebraska Council on Teacher Education (NCTE) where Nebraska education associations and local representatives work as partners to assure high standards for Nebraska educator preparation and certification, with the ultimate goal of providing PK-12 students the best educational opportunities possible.

  • Oversight of Nebraska’s Excellence in Teaching Act, which provides forgivable loans to candidates seeking their initial certification (AETP) and to current teachers seeking an advanced degree (EETP) under Rule 25, Regulations Governing the Excellence in Teaching Act.

  • Survey Nebraska school districts annually to determine teacher shortage areas.  The data from the Teacher Shortage Survey is then summarized and communicated to the US Department of Education (USDE) and educational entities throughout the state.

  • Manage the Teach in Nebraska web site; a free service of the Nebraska Department of Education for the state’s K-12 schools seeking to employ persons with teaching or administrative certificates in professional capacities, and for persons seeking employment in such positions.

  • Oversight of Nebraska’s Master Teacher Program, which provides support for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification registration fees and an annual salary bonus for Nebraska teachers who hold the NBPTS credential under Rule 22, Regulations Governing the Master Teacher Program.



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Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility


Nebraska’s Waiver from NCLB

Nebraska’s written request for ESEA Flexibility shifts the focus of accountability and gives us a more robust picture of what our students can do. It is an opportunity to outline our goals, create a shared vision and tell our Nebraska story. The link to the waiver can be found here.

ESEA Flex Theory of Action

The ESEA Flexibility request has three primary principles and a broader goal of reducing government burden on districts, teachers, and most of all students.

These principles are:

Principle 1: College and Career Ready Expectations for All Students:

  • Rigorous Expectations and Standards
  • Learner Focused
  • Increase Collaboration with Colleges and Universities
  • Annual, Statewide, Aligned, High Quality Assessments that Measure Student Growth

Principle 2: State Developed Differentiated Recognition, Accountability, and Support (AQuESTT—A Quality Education System Today and Tomorrow):

  • Annual Measurable Outcomes
  • Equity and Access for all Learners
  • Recognition and Celebration of Success
  • Network of Teachers and Learners (Communities of Practice)
  • Support for Schools’ Continuous Improvement
  • Data Informed Decision Making

Principle 3: Support Effective Instruction and Leadership:

  • Timely Evaluation and Feedback for Teachers and Principals
  • Professional Learning and Development
  • Dynamic Learning Environments
  • Differentiated Student Learning Objectives
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English Learner Programs


The purposes of Title III are to:

  1. Improve the education of English Learners by assisting them attain English proficiency, attain high levels of academic achievement in English and meet challenging academic standards. AND

  2. Provide enhanced instructional opportunities for immigrant children and youth.

Contact Information

Terri Schuster, 402-471-4694

Brooke David, 402 471-2451


Updates and Announcements

Here is a list of resources that NDE has made available this year to help support English Learner Programs.

ELL Learning Modules
NDE is partnering with Nebraska educators and administrators to develop learning modules for schools and districts related to services for English Learners.  Four modules are now available.

  • Welcoming and Identifying English Learners
  • Language Instruction Educational Programs
  • Staffing
  • Program Review

To access the first module, click on ELL Learning Modules on the right under Professional Development. You will need to create a free Moddle account to access this resource.

ELA_ELP Alignment Work
This spring, NDE and the NorthCentral Comprehensive Center hosted ELA and ELL Teachers to work on a standards alignment document.  This work resulted in a process for aligning standards and working with ELA and literacy teachers to support English Learners. The final document including sample lessons is available here. You can also access the documents under State Resources, Nebraska English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards.

Program Review: The Written Report Guidance
Under Rule 15, English Learner Programs are required to submit a written report of their annual program review.  This written report should be kept on file in the superintendent’s office and available to the public.  Guidance on the written report can be found here.

Book Study Guide for Classroom Instruction that Works for English Language Learners, 2nd Edition. 

This resource is a Book Study Guide that accompanies the second edition of Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners published by McREL International. 


Title III – National Origin Calendar



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Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program


Applications for the 2018-19 award year
(for classes BEGINNING July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019)
will be available on this website beginning April 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

The process for the EETP awards:

  • The institutions send all applications to NDE by June 1.
  • NDE will process the applications and notify all applicants by email with either the contract for recipients to sign, or an explanation of why the applicant did not receive the award.  All applicants will be informed of their status by June 24th.

Excellence in Teaching Act Forgivable Loans

On April 22, 2009, the Excellence in Teaching Act (§§ 79-8,132−79-8,140 R.R.S.) was signed by Governor Heineman revising the existing Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program (for individuals seeking their initial teaching certificate in Nebraska) and authorizing the Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program (for Nebraska teachers enrolled in a graduate program in Nebraska).

Related Information

Additional information about the EETP is available from the documents listed below or by contacting Karen.Buller@nebraska.gov or at 402-471-4837
The information presented in the following documents is valid BEGINNING in the 2017-18 award year.

Program Information Sheet
2017-2018 Information Flyer
Application Information Sheet

EETP Sample Contracts

Nebraska Teacher Shortage Reports

2016 Excellence in Teaching Act Status Report

Rule 25Regulations Governing the Excellence in Teaching Act2016 version
USDE Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory
– for low income school designation
Very Sparse School Districts in Nebraska

Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program

The Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program (EETP) provides forgivable loans to Nebraska teachers enrolled in an eligible graduate program at an eligible Nebraska institution.

Read an overview of the EETP program through March 1, 2014

Eligible students may apply, on an annual basis, for an EETP loan in an amount of up to $175 per credit hour, or a maximum of $3,000, for coursework that has been identified by the institution as part of the student’s graduate program. In return for receiving an EETP loan, the student agrees to complete the graduate program that s/he is currently enrolled in and maintain full-time employment in an accredited or approved public or private school in Nebraska. If the student meets the loan forgiveness obligations, beginning after the first two years of full-time teaching, loans will be forgiven pursuant to the individuals’ signed contract.

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Entrepreneurship Education


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Photos are available using the following link. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1E0YfmaJ0vvsk6itBlDGm8J2oLXOQWnp3

Net Force Awards Flyer

The Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force (NET Force) and co-sponsor, the Nebraska Enterprise Fund, presented awards to three Nebraskans recognized for their leadership in entrepreneurship advocacy and entrepreneurship education during the Entrepreneurship Best Practices Summit that took place in Kearney, NE on November 2nd. 

The Summit focused on enhancing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nebraska through networking, sharing what works, and highlighting Big Ideas in entrepreneurship.  

  • Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year: Jamie Robinson, Millard South High School. Entrepreneurship Academy Instructor
  • Outstanding Nebraska Entrepreneurship Service Award: Judy Amoo, Dean of Economic and Community Development for Western Nebraska Community College.
  • Gregg Christensen Distinguished Service Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Award: Craig Schroeder, Independent Entrepreneurship Consultant and immediate past-chairman of NET FORCE.

Makerspaces: A Growing Nebraska Trend


Makerspaces are do-it-yourself shops popping up all across the U.S. Innovation Studio makerspace is where people can gather to invent, learn, and create. (Photo and Story by Ben Bohall, NET News). Click image for full story.


The Case for Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Youth Guide


One Town. Two Stoplights. Unlimited Possibilities
Brent Comstock | TEDxLincoln

Brent’s TEDxLincoln talk serves as an introduction to the idea of reinventing rural communities and also challenges entrepreneurs and innovators to consider looking to rural communities for ventures like tech start-ups and social enterprises. 

Growing up in a rural SE Nebraska community, Brent was always bothered by the lack of connectedness and opportunities in rural Nebraska. At age 12, he started a small company that provided what he found lacking in a small town: computer services, web site design, and advice on anything technology-related. Since then, Brent, who is now a Robertson Scholar at the University of North Carolina, has founded and been on the founding teams of many start-up companies throughout the United States.

Unlimited Possibilities Video
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It Takes a Community: Valley County Feature

Nebraska Loves Public Schools (NElovesPS) just released a ten minute video highlighting how Valley County, Nebraska invests in its students in a big way.  With a focus on entrepreneurship and a commitment to youth, one of the most successful ways Valley County illustrates this investment is through the annual EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI) Camp.  Hosted in Ord, Nebraska, ESI Camp is a true community-wide/county-wide  collaboration where members of the business community share their time and talents with students.  Students build their entrepreneurial skills and learn what it takes to compete in a global marketplace – right in rural Nebraska. 

Watch this special edition of It Takes a Community at www.nelovesps.org or click on the image below.


Nebraska Entrepreneurship Education

The Nebraska Department of Education provides statewide:

  • Curriculum support
  • Technical assistance
  • Professional development

Entrepreneurship education outreach and services provided through Nebraska Career Education include:

  • Nebraska Entrepreneurship Education website
  • Nebraska Entrepreneurship Education listserv
  • Nebraska Career Education Conference sessions
  • Publicity for local, state, and national activities
  • Support and leadership for Nebraska’s National Entrepreneurship Week activities


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The Nebraska Department of Education is an active member of the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force (NET Force). The mission of NET Force is to identify and leverage educational resources that will educate, engage, and empower current and potential entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurship Education Resource Sites

NE Entrepreneurship


Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education





Kaufman Founders School

Career Clusters Resources

NE Career Edu Model

Career Readiness

Career Readiness Toolkit


NE Career Clusters

Click above to explore Nebraska companies.
The virtual tours provide a unique opportunity to experience Nebraska-based industries without leaving the classroom.

NE Standards Career Ready Practice

Career Ready Practice

Why Career Readiness?

Why Career Readiness?” 3.19 minute video


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