2018 Data Conference – April 16-17, 2018

Bridging Connections: NSSRS to ADVISER

Click here to view the NSSRS to ADVISER Roadmap

In 2007, the Nebraska Student and Staff Record System (NSSRS) was implemented as the Nebraska Department of Education’s first system to collect individual, student-level data from Nebraska public school districts. A decade later, Nebraska is capitalizing on more current technologies by upgrading to a new system designed to enhance data efficacy, minimizing reporting burden through automation, and provide support for teaching and learning. This system is known as ADVISER. The term/acronym ADVISER is used to describe the overall program and stands for Advanced Data Views Improving Student Educational Response.

Why a state data conference for educators?

A smooth experience for collecting, maintaining, using and reporting high-quality data is central to the efficient operation of the Nebraska education enterprise. Educators and school staff who are on the front lines of data collection and reporting often do not have opportunities to attend conferences and network with persons in similar positions in other schools or Educational Service Units (ESUs). This conference will provide opportunities to learn about the transition from NSSRS to ADVISER, as well as hear from national, state and local experts about the latest policies and techniques in education data.

What are the goals of the conference?

This conference will provide practical information to those on the front lines of data collection, data use and reporting. There will be plenary and breakout sessions that will focus on how to help ESU and local school staff ensure a successful transition from NSSRS to ADVISER. In addition, there will be more breakout sessions focused on how school staff can do their jobs better when it comes to data. Sessions will help local staff with: the transition to the ADVISER data system; staff data submission processes, assessment data collections; using the Grants Management System (GMS), overall data use for school improvement, AQuESTT-related information, and much more. Sessions will be scheduled with individual Student Information System (SIS) vendors. 

Who Should Attend?

This conference is open to all Nebraska Educators but the main audience are persons who work with the nuts and bolts of data collection, data use and reporting. Depending on the ESU, district or system this might include principals, data stewards, technology directors, curriculum directors, professional developers, bookkeepers, secretaries and superintendents. School districts and ESUs are encouraged to send teams to the conference to maximize opportunities for professional learning that will benefit their students and schools. Data quality is a team effort.


Monday, April 16, 2018

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm = Opening Remarks and Introduction – Dr. Dean Folkers; Keynote – Maureen Wentworth, Ed-Fi Alliance
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm = Break I
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm = Plenary Session I – NSSRS to ADVISER
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm = Break II
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm = Plenary Session II – NSSRS to ADVISER
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm = Hands-On Session: Data Review, Validation and Verification
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm = Reception


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

7:30 am – 8:30 am = Registration / Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:30 am = Remarks and Introductions – Dr. Dean Folkers; Keynote – Dr. Matthew Blomstedt and Dr. Lee Jenkins
9:30 am – 9:45 am = Break I
9:45 am – 10:45 am = Breakout Session I
11:00 am – 12:00 pm = Breakout Session II
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm = Lunch / Introduction – Dr. Dean Folkers; Keynote – Jami O’Toole, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm = Breakout Session III
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm = Breakout Session IV

Conference Links:

Conference At-A-Glance
Session Description

Location: Younes Conference Center, 416 Talmadge Road, Kearney, NE 
Cost: $130
Sponsors: Nebraska Department of Education & Nebraska Council of School Administrators
 Conference Registration:  Click here to register for the conference
 Hotel Information:  Click here for Hotel information
 Exhibitors:  Coming Soon
 Contact:  Debe Dockhorn

ADVISER Resources

ADVISER 2018-2019 Fall Work Days – 18-19 Fall ADVISER workday calendar
ADVISER workdays have been scheduled for the 2018-2019 Fall collection.  Please contact the ESU to register for these workdays.  They are from 9 am – 3 pm and most ESU’s provide lunch.  There will be no formal presentations at these workdays, they are scheduled to give you time to work on your data reporting with ESU and NDE staff onsite to assist.  We strongly suggest that you attend a workday.  You may go to any ESU that works best for your schedule.

ADVISER Data Elements 2018 2019- ADVISER_Data_Elements_20182019_V3_2
Publication Date: July 3, 2018
The ADVISER Data Elements document is intended to provide guidance to Nebraska Public and State Operated Districts on the submission of data from their local Student Information System (SIS) to the ADVISER Operational Data Store (ODS) in order to fulfill ADVISER Dashboard and Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) State Reporting requirements.

ADVISER 2018-2019 Changes – ADVISER_Changes_20182019

Publication Date: July 3, 2018
The ADVISER Discipline Reporting guidance document is intended to assist districts in reporting student-level discipline data in the ADVISER Operational Data Store (ODS) in order to meet State Reporting Requirements.

ADVISER Discipline Guidance- ADVISER_Discipline_Reporting_v1_0

Publication Date: May 17, 2018
The ADVISER Discipline Reporting guidance document is intended to assist districts in reporting student-level discipline data in the ADVISER Operational Data Store (ODS) in order to meet State Reporting Requirements.

Bridging Connections: NSSRS to ADVISER Plenary Session

Data Conference Sessions

Recording of NSSRS to ADVISER Plenary Sessions

Course Codes and Clearing Endorsements (formerly “Appendix D”)

2018-2019 – (PDF) Version: 9.1.0  Date: 05/09/2018
Course Codes with Clearing Endorsements (Excel) Course Code List (PDF)

2017 Materials

Executive Summary

Competitive Grant Application Process & Timeline

Innovation Grant Application Guide

Grant Application Info Sheet

Line Item Budget





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

Research Contacts


Matt Hastings
Senior Administrator

Kunal Dash
Statistical Research Analyst

Justine Yeo
Statistical Research Specialist


General Inquiry:


News and Notifications


Information Coming Soon!





SIS Vendor Certification

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

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

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

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


ADVISER Early Adopter Program


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


APPLY NOW for the Early Adopter Program II

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

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



ADVISER Pilot Districts


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

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

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

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



Accountability Data Mart Benefits

Adviser logoAdviser Dashboard logo


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

  • Unifies the accountability data collection requirements

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

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

    • Efficient turnaround of district accountability reports via NDE Portal

  • Reduces effort and costs

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

    • Reduces costs and effort associated with validating accountability submissions

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

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

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

  • Security

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

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