Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is a recipient of the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grant awarded in 2012. The SLDS grant program has helped propel the successful design, development, implementation and expansion of longitudinal data systems. These data systems are intended to enhance the ability of states to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, and use education data, including individual student records. The SLDSs should help states, districts, schools, educators, and other stakeholders to make data-informed decisions to improve student learning and outcomes; as well as to facilitate research to increase student achievement and close achievement gaps.
NDE entered into a no-cost license agreement with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) to adopt the Ed-Fi standard (www.ed-fi.org) to develop a statewide dashboard solution customized for Nebraska educators’ needs.
The Nebraska ADVISER Dashboard is a web-based view of student and staff data that provides educators with a quick and easy way to personalize instruction and make data driven decisions. The acronym ADVISER stands for “Advanced Data Views Improving Student Educational Response”. The Nebraska ADVISER Dashboard consolidates data from multiple systems which enables educators to efficiently analyze large amounts of information.
The ADVISER Data Dashboard is an optional tool for use by Nebraska public school districts. It will be designed to provide flexibility to upload information from different sources on different schedules to support local data analysis and research. Further work is currently being developed to incorporate Data Warehouse and Accountability Data Mart features.
The first stage of the implementation in the 2013-2014 school years involved the limited production releases (LPRs) of dashboard prototypes to 9 districts that elected to participate in pilot releases of the data dashboard and these were namely: Bancroft Rosalie, McCook, Ponca, Boone Central, Neligh-Oakdale, South Sioux City, Fairbury, Omaha and Valentine. LPRs also known as “Pilot Districts” were part of the development process for the data dashboards from an early stage, and their 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 districts.
The second stage of the early adoption stage known as Early Adopter Program I (EAP I) had 31 select districts that plan to roll out the data dashboards in the 2015/16 year. The remaining districts will implement ADVISER in 2016/17 in the EAP II and the statewide rollout in 2017/18.
Please refer to the following links to know more about the ADVISER:
The Data Cadre is a collaborative professional development effort between The Nebraska Department of Education and the Educational Service Units Coordinating Council. Goal 2 of the SLDS grant provides a statewide system of professional development training for data analysis that reaches every district. NDE and the ESUs are working together toward this goal.
Data Reporting System (DRS)
Training and Handouts
ESU/NDE Perceptual Survey Request
The focus of the professional development is in the methods, procedures, and best practices in the use and analysis of data to inform and improve instructional practices in Nebraska Schools.
The Data Literacies are the guiding framework for the statewide professional development initiative.
District Data Collection Group
December 5, 2012 December 5, 2012
December 5, 2012
January 9, 2013 January 9, 2013 February 6, 2013 February 6, 2013 February 6, 2013 March 6, 2013 March 6, 2013 March 6, 2013 April 18, 2013 April 18, 2013 August 7, 2013 August 7, 2013 August 7, 2013 October 2, 2013 October 2, 2013 October 2, 2013 December 4, 2013 December 4, 2013 December 4, 2013 February 5, 2014 February 5, 2014 February 5, 2014 March 5, 2014 March 5, 2014 March 5, 2014 June 4, 2014 June 4, 2014 June 4, 2014 August 6, 2014 August 6, 2014 August 6, 2014 March 4, 2015 March 4, 2015 March 4, 2015 May 6, 2015 May 6, 2015 May 6, 2015 August 12, 2015 August 12, 2015 August 12, 2015
2015 Administrators’ Days
July 29, 2015
Please visit Guidebook to view details on NDE Day during Administrators’ Day
2013 Administrators’ Days
July 30, 2013
Handouts Request to Submit Data Late or Make Data Changes The NDE Portal and NSSRS
2012 Administrators’ Days
July 25, 2012
Handouts Data Collections Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems
Data, Research and Evaluation reports can be downloaded in one of the following formats:
- PDF – Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view and/or print these reports.
- TXT – comma delimited ascii files can be imported into a variety of software programs, including many spreadsheet and database applications.
- XLS – for use with Microsoft Excel or compatible viewer.
There is no cost to download these reports. Printed copies of these reports are not available.
Data, Research and Evaluation Staff Directory:
Senior Administrator of Data Research and Evaluation
Data Collections Work Group
Applications Development Work Group
Kalpana Bhupathi Raju
Satya Putana Raju
Data Quality and Support
Research and Evaluation
IT Help Desk specialist
Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS)
The Nebraska Statewide Longitudinal Data System allows Nebraska to continue efforts to provide schools and districts with necessary data to inform instruction and ensure every student receives the most appropriate education possible.
The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) began development of a student- and staff-level data warehouse known as the Nebraska Student and Staff Record System (NSSRS) in 2004
The NDE has reported aggregate data to the federal government since the 1970s
The Common Core Standards do not contain requirements related to data collection or data reporting. The Common Core Standards have no impact on data collection or reporting in Nebraska
The NDE collects a variety of information on Nebraska students, including such things as name, date of birth, race/ethnicity, gender, special education, performance on state assessments, status related to English language proficiency, students who qualify for free/reduced price meals, grades, credits, enrollment dates, school and district
The NDE does not collect information on political affiliations or beliefs, sexual behavior or attitudes, religious practices, psychological or behavioral testing, DNA, student address or e-mail, or income of the student or family
Required data reports are only provided in the aggregate, meaning only state, district, school and grade-level data is provided, not student level data
NDE uses industry standards for the collection, transfer, storage and reporting of data. All data are stored in secure, encrypted databases. NDE’s Data Governance Plan includes policies and procedures that meet industry standard requirements for the security and protection of student-level data. The NDE Research and Review Board reviews all research requests and approves only those requests that are appropriate and meet the requirements identified in NDE Administrative Memorandum #711
NDE received a federal SLDS grant in 2007 to enhance the N-SLED through: incorporation of Special Education and Curriculum segments, implement the Data Quality Curriculum, create an electronic transcript facility, install a decision support system, and supplement existing training with the addition of staff at Educational Service Units
NDE received a federal SLDS grant in 2012 to enhance the N-SLED through: the development and implementation of a data analysis tool for districts that uses multiple local and state data sources to produce reports for local decision-makers, providing a statewide system of professional development training for data analysis to reach every district, building a research and evaluation operation in NDE, and expanding and enhancing the N-SLDS for sustainability
Detailed information about the data collected and reported at NDE is available on NDE and USDE websites:
Elements of data combined to represent a group that is greater than 10 students
State mandated assessments such as Criterion-Referenced Tests (CRTs)
This must be signed before any data can be shared with a contractor
Consolidated State Performance Report
Data that has been adjusted to prevent the identification of a student
U.S. Department of Education data collection system for data required by federal law
Researchers associated with a university or private company requesting data for purposes of conducting research
Local Education Agency
Memorandum of Understanding
Migrant Student Information Exchange
Nebraska Department of Education
Office of Civil Rights
Secure File Transfer Protocol; the secure, encrypted transfer of data files
Student Information System, the technology that each LEA/school uses to collect student data
Education Data Systems Study – LR 264
The One Hundred Third Legislature passed Legislative Resolution 264 whose purpose is stated as follows:
The purpose of this resolution is to examine the education data system. The study shall include an assessment of the adequacy of the current data system maintained by the State Department of Education to provide timely access to relevant and accurate data to meet various needs, including information for teachers in public schools about student achievement in their classrooms, objective research regarding educational practices, data for policy formation and review, and accountability to the public regarding the performance of the public schools.
The study contained in this document was developed in response to LR 264 to include, but not be limited to, the following topics:
1. The costs of the data system;
2. Legislative access and public access to the department’s data system;
3. The role and inter-relationships between the Nebraska Student and Staff Record System, the Consolidated Data System, the State of the Schools Report, and the Statewide Longitudinal Data System as developed pursuant to federal grant funding;
4. Timeliness and access to financial information related to school spending, budgets, taxes, and state aid;
5. Adequacy of school staff data in the Nebraska Student and Staff Record System in relation to teacher and classified staff qualifications, assignments, degree level, college credits, and experience; and
6. Any other issue related to the education data system that the study committee deems important.
The Commissioner of Education, Dr. Matt Blomstedt, further directed that, based upon the assessment of the current data system, the study make specific recommendations and propose a high-level one, three and five year plan to improve, upgrade, and modernize the Nebraska Education Data System to meet the needs of Nebraska’s public education system.
The study of Nebraska education data systems gathered information on three types of systems (Teaching and Learning, Administrative, and Back Office) as well as the cost and effort associated with data and accountability submissions. Superintendents and technology educators were invited to participate in a survey of system availability and importance. The Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA) recommended district leaders to participate in virtual focus groups on each system type. The NCSA also recommended district financial personnel to participate in individual interviews detailing the cost associated with education systems and data submission in their districts. Specific briefings and interviews were held with NCSA, the Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA), the Education Service Unit Coordinating Council (ESUCC), and Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) leaders. Over 200 education leaders in Nebraska participated in the study.