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Mathematics Education


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Mathematics Standards

Adopted by the State Board of Education on September 4, 2015

2015 Mathematics Standards (vertical) (pdf)

2015 Mathematics Standards (horizontal) (pdf)


Nebraska’s standards organized with three levels of specificity:

K-12 Comprehensive Statements – Identify broad, general statements that are not grade level specific and cover big ideas in mathematics. (Number, Algebra, Geometry, and Data)
Grade Level Expectations – Statements that identify what students should know and be able to do by the end of each identified grade/band. These are organized into categories, but not course specific.
Curricular Indicators – Specific information to distinguish expectations between grade levels. They are no longer simply examples but are considered an integral part of the standard to be taught.

A few highlights are:

• Mathematical processes, located at the front of the document, were identified to enhance proficiency across all standards at any grade level.
• The four broad strands (Number, Algebra, Geometry, and Data) remain the same.
• Grades K-5 have an even stronger focus on building a solid foundation of number sense.
• The standards were streamlined by removing the duplication from grade to grade.
• The high school grade band has changed to Grades 9-11 and “Advanced Topics” appear at Grade 12. All students are expected to master the K-11 standards, and the NeSA Math assessment is given at the end of 11th grade.  Many colleges and universities require four years of high school mathematics for admission, and some of the content reflected in the Advanced Topics (Grade 12) standards may be recommended for particular majors in postsecondary education.  Therefore, students entering postsecondary education are encouraged to take additional math courses that will help them become college and career ready through the Advanced Topic standards.  

Nebraska has historically been a local control state with no mandated curriculum or textbooks. The standards are not meant to be a curriculum. Rather, districts are expected to align their local curriculum to the Nebraska Standards to add more specificity. Nebraska’s draft standards are written using verbiage that describes the knowledge and skills students are expected to master at the various grade levels rather than using performance expectation language. Districts also have the choice to adopt their own standards only if they are more rigorous than the state standards.
The numbering system is as follows:






Previous Math Standards – Approved by the State Board, October 8, 2009

Do Math: Family Math Webinar 

Take a closer look at the Family Math book available from your 21st CCLC afterschool program library. Experience activities from the resource using everyday materials. Several models of hosting a family math event were shared. Learn how to get the entire family involved in doing math together.
Materials needed: Paper clip, pencil or pen, print copy of handouts.
Family Math
Do Math

McREL Alignment Study for Mathematics

Report Executive Summary of the McREL Alignment Study for Mathematics
Click Here

Comparison of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics to the Nebraska Mathematics Standards
Grades K-12 Click Here

Comparison of the Nebraska Mathematics Standards to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Grades K-12 Click Here

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Migrant Education Program


About the Nebraska Migrant Education Program (MEP)

The Nebraska Migrant Education Program (MEP) has been working to ensure that migrant children fully benefit from the same free public education provided to other children. To achieve this, the MEP supports educational programs for migrant children to help reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that result from repeated moves.

An Overview of the Nebraska Migrant Education Program

New Resources

2017-2018 Title I Part C Migrant Education Program Suballocations (posted 9.12.2017)

State Profile 2017-18 (posted 5.15.2017)

Continuous Improvement Cycle Overview 12-9-16 (pdf)

MEP Profile Booklet (posted 12.29.2016)

MEP Profile Booklet – Spanish (posted 1.19.2017)

Who We Are/Who We Serve – English (posted 5.15.2017)

Who We Are/ Who We Serve – Spanish (posted 11.13.2017)

Newsletters and Articles

Nebraska MEP Newsletter Feb. 2014 Edition

Health Survey from UNMC

Proteus March 2015 Newsletter


Nebraska Department of Education | Migrant Education Program | 301 Centennial Mall South – PO Box 94987 | Lincoln, NE 68509


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Multicultural/Diversity Education


Power of the Role Models: interactive, downloadable–updated May 2016


NDE standards has incorporated multicultural education. Visit the weblink to review by content area.

Standards Webpage


Power of the Role Models

Interactive website displaying Native American’s from Nebraska and their occupations.




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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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Nebraska Adult Education and GED®


Effective March 6, 2017, Vicki Bauer has retired from the Nebraska Department of Education. Tate Lauer is the current State Adult Education Director and GED® Administrator.

Scoring change: The revised Rule 81 (Rules and Regulations for the High School Equivalency Program)
effective April 27, 2016 confirms that the State of Nebraska has adopted the updated passing score for each of the four GED® tests as recommended by GED® Testing Service. The passing score is now 145 instead of 150. The GED® with Honors score has been replaced by two new score levels that show a graduate is ready for college or a career-training program, and in some cases eligible to earn college credits: GED® College Ready (165-174) and GED® College Ready + Credit (175-200).

The new score levels represent the full range of abilities of today’s high school graduates, whether the person is meeting minimum graduation standards or ready for college and beyond. An extensive analysis of GED® test takers and high school graduate data was examined to determine this score change.

If you took a GED® test module between January 1, 2014 and April 26, 2016 and earned a score between 145-149 on that subject, your records have been updated to show that you have passed that test. If, because of this change, you’ve now passed all four GED® test subject areas, you are eligible to receive a State of Nebraska Department of Education High School Diploma* and should soon receive the information that you’ll need to obtain your Diploma and/or Official Transcripts through the Nebraska Department of Education. If you have not received notification through the mail from the State Department of Education 14 days after you have received email notification from GED® Testing Service that you’ve passed all four tests, contact shirley.gruntorad@nebraska.gov.

*See Rule 81 for diploma qualifications

Adult Education and Nebraska GED®

Thank you for visiting the home page of the Nebraska GED® and Adult Education programs. From this page you can request duplicate GED® diplomas, GED® transcripts and find the Nebraska GED® testing center and/or Nebraska Adult Education classes nearest you. Read testimonials from successful GED® graduates. Test-takers can also register online by visiting http://www.gedtestingservice.com/ged-testing-service. You will see test centers located closest to the address you provide.

The section of the Nebraska Department of Education is responsible for statewide planning and evaluation, promoting interagency cooperation and coordination, public education and awareness, teacher training, curriculum research and development, resource inventory, staff assistance to local programs, funding, and program and project development at state and local levels.


Our mission is to provide educational opportunities for adults to improve their literacy skills to a level requisite for effective citizenship and productive employment. This includes preparation for and successful completion of the high school equivalency program.

Interested in Distance Education?

Nebraska Adult Education offers two programs. Contact your local Adult Education program or call 877/327-6433 for more information.

USA Learns is an online instructional program for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. It was originally developed by the US Department of Education, but is now administered through the Sacramento County California Office of Education. The program is free; it can be utilized both in and out of the classroom. Students must attend class along with utilizing USA Learns outside the classroom. It has three distinct courses: beginning, intermediate, and high level; the three main areas of learning are: survival skills, workplace skills, and the practice of reading and writing.

I-Pathways is an online instructional program designed for the GED® prep student; one who scores at least at the 9th grade level on the TABE reading, level D assessment. Nebraska offers it as a hybrid model in which a student comes to class at least two times a month to check-in with the instructor. AE programs do offer appropriate students the online instruction option after the TABE pre-testing is done and the instructor visits with an individual to determine if he/she is a good candidate for distance learning.

Reality Check Video

During the Career Pathways workshops this past summer, we showed the video Reality Check. That particular version was written for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program here at NDE.  We then asked the creator, Kevin Fleming, to change parts of it so that the entire video addresses our AE students. Click HERE to watch the new version for Adult Education!

Library Materials Available for Check Out to
Nebraska’s Adult Education Staff

The State ABE Office of NDE has a lending library of materials for both AE and ESL. Some are for instructors and others are resources containing practical ideas and exercises to be used with students. Read the descriptions and if you should decide you would like to peruse some, please call or e-mail Jim: 402/471-4806 jim.lukesh@nebraska.gov
Many of the resources contain EXCELLENT material for students struggling in specific areas. Other materials would make WONDERFUL additions to, or a basis for staff development sessions. If you would like to preview or discuss any of the materials, just drop in or contact Jim. Materials can be checked out for 6 weeks (longer if not in demand).

How to Request GED® Records

All requests for duplicate diplomas, transcripts and verification of GED® completions must be in writing. No confidential information will be given out over the telephone. The $2 fee (payable to the Nebraska Department of Education) is required for transcripts and duplicate diplomas.
Verification requests from potential employers, background investigators, and/or others must include a signed release from the individual along with the person’s printed name, date of birth, and approximate year of successful completion. These requests may be scanned and emailed to shirley.gruntorad@nebraska.gov or faxed to 402/471-0117. Please allow 48 hours for verification requests; two weeks for duplicate diploma and transcript requests. Contact us.

GED® Advisory

Please be advised that the State of Nebraska High School diploma can be neither earned nor obtained via the Internet or through correspondence programs. If you take a test on the Internet that claims to be the GED® Tests, it is not a legitimate program. The tests of General Educational Development (GED® tests) developed by the General Educational Development Testing Service of the American Council on Education (GED® Testing Service) require extensive preparation and the demonstration of a high level of high school knowledge and academic skills.

The GED® tests are administered in Nebraska only at official GED® testing centers under the direction of the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Adult Education section. Any other high school equivalency diploma not issued by the Nebraska Department of Education or other Nebraska GED® testing authority may be of dubious value and may not be accepted by employers, colleges and universities or the military.


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Nebraska Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)



 The Center for Student Leadership

CTSO Professional Development Opportunities



DECA is organized around an ambitious goal: to improve education and career opportunities for students interested in careers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship.



FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) provides innovative leadership and career development programs for students interested in business administration, management, finance and information technology careers.



FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America)
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders; address personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. 

Educators Rising

Educarors Rising website

Educators Rising
Educators Rising is an organization that helps make sure teachers have the experience and skills they need to be ready for the classroom. Starting with high school students, we provide passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience, sustain their interest in the profession, and help them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators. The result is a pipeline of accomplished teachers who are positioned to make a lasting difference — not only in the lives of their students, but also in the field of teaching more broadly.



FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.



HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
HOSA is a national student organization that prepares health science students for careers as health professionals by developing leadership, compassion, character, and well being.



SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together
to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

Schools with Career Student Organizations

Specialty Support Programs

Integrated throughout the six career fields.

Data + Research + Analytics
Nontraditional and Special Populations
School Counseling and Career Guidance
Work-Based Learning

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Nebraska Career Education


Nebraska Career Education is a system that:

  • Emphasizes career development through career awareness, exploration and preparation
  • Offers world-class secondary Career Technical Education Programs of Study that provide seamless transition to post-secondary education
  • Promotes expanded learning opportunities for students through components such as Workplace Experiences and Career and Technical Student Organizations
  • Supports professional development for school counselors, teachers and administrators
  • Fosters essential partnerships that link CTE in schools and colleges with business and industry, workforce, economic development and government agencies

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Nebraska eBooks


Welcome to the Nebraska eBooks Project!

The NeBooks Project is a partnership between schools, state agencies and non-profit organizations across Nebraska for the common purpose of providing quality instructional materials. The initial focus of this project was creating Nebraska focused eBooks for use in meeting 4th grade Nebraska History standards. As the project has continued to grow and gain momentum, we want to encourage the writing of eBooks in all content areas to be added to our eBook Library.

If you would like to participate in the Nebraska eBooks program please download the file with guidelines for the project below. If you have further questions please feel free to contact me via email at dorann.avey@nebraska.gov and I would be happy to help you further.


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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 Math and Science Partnerships


Nebraska Map and Science Partnerships Grant Program

The purpose of the Nebraska Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) grant program is to fund partnerships of high-need school districts, four-year institutions of higher education, and other organizations, to improve the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science in elementary and secondary schools. 

News Release Announcing 2016 MSP Grant Award

Two statewide projects (one mathematics and one science) have been funded under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act’s Mathematics and Science Partnership Program. The goal of both projects is to enhance the content knowledge and skills of Nebraska mathematics and science teachers; therefore enhancing student achievement. Project funds will assist with the costs of the selected teachers’ participation. Click here for additional information. This Nebraska grant program is federally funded under Title II, Part B of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.

A related grant program funded under Title II, Part A (Improving Teacher Quality State Grants) may also be of interest.

Please check this web site frequently for more details as they become available.

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Nebraska Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support


“Whole school approaches like PBiS can change the climate of the a school building. When implemented with fidelity, PBiS creates an orderly, positive and well managed environment and reduces the likeliness that the problems characteristically presented by at-risk students will escalate out of control.” ––Jeff Sprague, Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior

Welcome to the Nebraska Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support website!

Program Information

Our goal is to encourage and improve academic success in all children by creating safe and positive learning environments. Positive Behavioral…. LEARN MORE

Get Started

Interested in implementing PBiS for your school? Congratulations! You’re at the beginning of a great decision. PBiS is proven to increase …. LEARN MORE


NPBiS provides all the relevant documents that will help you learn more about the PBiS program and its implementation. LEARN MORE

Why PBiS?

  • Benefits all students, and is not limited to any particular group
  • Is based on effective behavioral practices, instructional design, and strategies
  • Approached behavior in a proactive way by teaching appropriate behaviors
  • Fosters positive adult-to-student relationships
  • Supports the local school continuous improvement process

2017 Network Schools

Anne Oeth | (402) 471-2744
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987

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Nebraska Public Schools Administrators Email Lists


These lists are in Excel format and include name, address, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for superintendents and principals.

The Department of Education does not collect e-mail addresses for teachers.



Please report any changes in e-mail addresses to:

888-285-0556 or locally 402-471-3151


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Nebraska School Counseling


Welcome to Nebraska School Counseling!

NDE School Counseling Policy | Adopted by State Board of Education 10/2015

NE and ASCA Standards Alignment Document

2017 NSCA School Counselor Academy

November 9-10, 2017
Lincoln, NE

Registration and information at:  www.neschoolcounselor.org

Personalized Learning Plans

Inspiring All Youth to Reach Higher in Pursuit of Their Career and Life Goals
Nebraska Personal Learning Plan Summit Keynote Powerpoint


A listserv especially for PreK – 8th Grade School Counseling topics.
Each Counselor must self-subscribe to the list by clicking on the following link:

Once signed up you will get a confirmation email, which also includes the listserv address so you can send messages right away!

Attendance Matters in Student Achievement

Link to PDF: 2014-2015 NeSA-RMS Scale Score Absence Report

ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success

K-12 College- and Career- Readiness Standards for Every Student

Career Clusters Resources

Career Clusters Resources


Career Readiness

Career Readiness ToolkitHaitudes for Career Ready Students






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.

Teacher Discussion Guides:

Agriculture, Food, + Natural Resources
Architecture + Construction
Health Sciences
Information Technology
Transportation, Distribution, + Logistics

Why Career Readiness? video

Why Career Readiness?” 3.19 minute video


Nebraska Career Academy Programs

NE Career Academies

Nebraska Career Academy Program Checklist

Dual Credit

BrochureDual Credit Trifoldsocialshare 



Nebraska Career Connections

Nebraska Career Connections

Nebraska Career Connections

Nebraska Career Connections provides individualized accounts and valuable resources for determining career paths and necessary education to achieve career and life goals.

A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Child with the Career Planning Process


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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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Nutrition Services


Nutrition Services Vision Statement

Nutrition Services provides leadership that inspires service of nutritious meals to children, students and adults.

NEW! Farm to School Opportunities
1. Farm to School Grant Request for Applications is live
Applicant Resource Page
RFA on Grants.gov

Contact: Mieka at (farmtoschool@fns.usda.gov) if you have any questions
Deadline: December 8, 2017

2. Local Foods, Local Places helps communities reinvest in existing neighborhoods and revitalize downtowns through the development of local food systems. To date, nearly 80 communities have benefitted from assistance with support from EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional Authority. Learn how to apply for the Local Foods, Local Places Program: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/local-foods-local-places-2017-2018-application

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 25, 2017

3. Healthy Places for Healthy People helps community leaders and health care partners focus on health as an economic driver and catalyst for downtown and neighborhood revitalization. Health care partners include community health centers (including Federally Qualified Health Centers), nonprofit hospitals, and other health care facilities. To date, 10 communities have benefitted from assistance with support from EPA and the Appalachian Regional Commission. Healthy Places for Healthy People provides assistance for communities that are economically challenged, including those in rural Appalachia. Learn how to apply for the Healthy Places for Healthy People Program: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/healthy-places-healthy-people-2017-2018-application
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 25, 2017

Nutrition Services Programs

Training Videos and User Manuals for the New CNP System

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

As stated above, all protected bases do not apply to all programs, “the first six protected bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex are the six protected bases for applicants and recipients of the Child Nutrition Programs.


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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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Physical Education


Physical Education Standards Adopted 10/7/2016

Physical Education is an integral part of total education of a child. It is the cornerstone in developing an active lifestyle, providing opportunities to guide young people in the process of becoming physically active for a lifetime. Quality physical education programs increase the physical competence, health-related fitness, self-responsibility, and enjoyment of physical activity for young people and includes the following: skill development, regular healthful physical activity, improved physical fitness, support for other subject areas, self-discipline, improved judgment, stress reduction, strengthened peer relations, improved self-confidence and self-esteem, and goal setting.

Mission of Physical Education

Physical activity is critical to the development and maintenance of good health. The goal of physical education is to develop physically educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

A physically education person:

  • Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
  • Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
  • Participates regularly in physical activity.
  • Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
  • Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
  • Values physical activity for health enjoyment challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

Julane Hill
Coordinated School Health Career Education Specialist
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Ph: 402-471-4352 Fax: 402-471-4565
E-Mail: julane.hill@nebraska.gov

Patsy Shald
Administrative Assistant
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
Ph: 402-471-2109 Fax: 402-471-4565
E-Mail: patsy.shald@nebraska.gov


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Poverty and Limited English


The Nebraska Legislature enacted two laws, LB 79-1013 and LB 79-1014 as guidelines for Poverty and Limited English Proficient Plans. This web site will offer guidance, support and resources for successful completion of these plans.

Poverty/LEP Plan Questions for Financial, Submission, Approval and Accessing:

  • Allowance Expenditure Requirements or State Aid Certification. Go to Finance and Organizational Services and scroll down to “FOS Programs.” 
  • Questions/anwers on plan purpose, plan submission and accessing plans can be found in the resource guide listed below on pages 29-31.
  • Assistance in completing or additional questions, refer to the Resource Guide.

Updated Information

LEP and Poverty Plans for 2016-17 school year: Due October 15

  • Contact Tom Goeschel with questions at 402 471-3570 or tom.goeschel@nebraska.gov
  • Updated Resource Guide 2016

ELL Program by AQuESTT Tenent

McREL Central Nebraska Poverty Plan Report October 7, 2010 (pdf)
McREL Central Nebraska LEP Review March 4, 2011 (pdf)





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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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Research and Evaluation


The Nebraska Department of Education is committed to providing high-quality evidence to inform statewide educational policy and decision-making. As such, the Research & Evaluation operation is dedicated to pursuing the research priorities of the Commissioner of Education and the Nebraska State Board of Education. What follows is a selection of studies created in this effort.

Research Studies

Student outcomes in school and college remain one of the primary areas of focus for the Nebraska Department of Education. In the quest to understand and improve outcomes for every student in the state, a series of research studies related to student college-going behavior in Nebraska was conducted. These studies, described below, assessed the impact of the Nebraska ACT Pilot Project, Dual Enrollment, and Advanced Placement (AP) Courses, respectively, on college-going for Nebraska high school students.


Investigating the Impact of the Nebraska ACT Pilot Project on Student College-Going Behavior

With the goal of increasing college-going among Nebraska high school students, the ACT Pilot Project was conducted by administering the ACT for all 11th graders in 13 selected public high schools in the state. This study utilizes several statistical tools like propensity score matching and logistic regression to assess the impact of being in the ACT Pilot on college-going during the time of the ACT Pilot Project in 2011-12 to 2013-14. Results indicate that participation in the ACT Pilot Project increases the odds of going on to college, although only marginally, for the high school students in the study. Other variables of interest like gender, race/ethnicity, household income status, and performance on the NeSA are greater predictors of college-going. Performance which exceed standards on the NeSA Math is found to increase the odds of going on to college by almost two times; thus suggesting that continued efforts should be directed to improving Math outcomes for Nebraska high school students. Implications of this study’s findings and direction for future research are discussed.

College-going; ACT; ACT Pilot Project; NeSA; College and Career Ready; Assessment; Transitions

Key Findings:

  • Being in the ACT Pilot Project significantly increases the odds of college-going by about 8%.

  • Females have a larger odds of going on to college than males.

  • Hispanic students have a smaller odds of going on to college than White students.

  • Students from low income households have less than half the odds of going on to college compared to those from non-low income households.

  • The performance on all 3 NeSA subjects (Reading, Math, and Science) are significant predictors of college-going, with NeSA Math Performance being the strongest predictor of the odds of going on to college.

Report Link: ACT Pilot Project Study (Published on September 2016)


An Examination of Advanced Placement (AP) Course Taking and College-Going in Nebraska

This study examines the relationship between high school students’ participation in Advanced Placement (AP) courses and college-going in Nebraska. Using a series of logistic regression models and propensity score matching method, results of this quasi-experimental study indicate that students who participate in AP courses have significantly higher odds of going on to college compared to those who do not participate in AP courses. Other demographic variables such as gender, race/ethnicity, immigration status, and NeSA performance are also tested as covariates in the statistical models. Findings from this study may be used to provide information to assist Nebraska policy-makers in making decisions with regards to AP programs and to better prepare Nebraska students for post-secondary education.

College-going; Advanced Placement; NeSA; College and Career Ready; Assessment; Transitions

Key findings:

  • It is more likely for Nebraska high school students who participate in AP courses to go on to college compared to those who do not participate in AP courses.
  • Native American students, Black or African American students, and Hispanic students are less likely to go on to college compared to White students.=
  • Students from low-income families are less likely to go on to college compared to non-low income families.
  • Students who score below NeSA performance levels have consistent lower chances of going on to college compared to those who meet the performance levels across all three subjects: Math, Science, and Reading.

Report Link: An Examination of Advanced Placement (AP) Couse Taking and College-Going in Nebraska (Published on December 2016)

The Effects of Question Customization on the Quality of an Open-Ended Question

This study examines the effect of question wording on data quality from an open-ended question. The open-ended question used in the study is from a web-based survey – 2016 Nebraska First Year Teacher Survey. Data quality indicators including item nonresponse, response target, ineligible response, general response, and response length are examined in the study using a series of general linear regression models. Findings from this study may be used in future survey projects with regards to improving data quality. Implications and directions for future research are also discussed in this paper.

First Year Teacher Survey, Survey Methodology, Data Quality Indicators, Open-ended Questions

Key findings:

  • Customized question wording leads to better data quality.
  • Customized question wording produced longer responses.
  • Respondents answering the question in customized wording produced more correctly targeted answers.

Report Link: The Effects of Question customization on the Quality of an Open-Ended Question (Published on February 2017)

An Evaluation of the Impact of Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment on College-Going in Nebraska

The focus of this study is to investigate the effects of enrolling for and earning dual credit on the college-going behavior of Nebraska public high school students. Dual enrollment or being enrolled for dual credit is defined as the state when a student is enrolled in a course eligible for earning both high school and post-secondary credit, but may or may not necessarily earn it. Dual credit or earning dual credit, on the other hand, is when a student is enrolled in a course eligible for earning both high school and post-secondary credit and earns it. This study utilizes statistical techniques such as propensity score matching and logistic regression to investigate the impact of dual enrollment and earning dual credit on college-going. Results indicate that enrolling for and earning dual credit significantly increase the odds of going on to college. Among other variables that are strong predictors of college-going, gender, enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) classes, high ability learner status, and performance on the NeSA Math assessment stand out. Implications of this study’s findings and suggestions for future research are discussed in the following report.

College-going; Dual Credit; Dual Enrollment; NeSA; College and Career Ready; Assessment; Transitions; Earning dual credit; Enrolling for dual credit; Advanced Coursework; AP; Advanced Placement

Key Findings:

  • Enrolling for and earning dual credit in high school are strong predictors of college-going.
  • Enrolling for Advanced Placement classes increase the odds of going on to college.
  • Being a high ability learner or a gifted student helps increase the odds of going on to college.
  • Among all 3 NeSA subjects, performance on NeSA Math strongly predicts college-going. Exceeding standards on NeSA Math is associated with increased college-going odds.

Report Link: An Evaluation of the Impact of Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment on College-Going in Nebraska. (Published on July 2017)

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