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For questions regarding the CIP Toolkit

Don Loseke
Accreditation and School Improvement
(402) 471-2444


State Accreditation Committee

Committee Membership 2018

Items from the May 17, 2018, Meeting

Items from the January 19, 2018, Meeting


AdvancED / NCA

Founded in 1895, the North Central Association-Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) is a non-governmental, membership organization that accredits public and private schools and districts. One of six regional accrediting organizations, NCA CASI accredits schools and districts in 19 states, the Navajo Nation, and the Department of Defense Dependents’ Schools worldwide. For over 100 years, NCA CASI’s focus has been to advance the quality of education.

In April 2006, the North Central Association, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS CASI), and National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE) came together to form AdvancED- a strong, unified organization dedicated to education quality. In 2012, the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) joined AdvancED as the third accreditation division. AdvancED is the world’s largest education community, serving more than 30,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in more than 70 countries that educate over 16 million students. Today, NCA CASI, SACS CASI, and NWAC act as accreditation divisions of AdvancED.

Through AdvancED, NCA CASI, SACS CASI, and NWAC now have accreditation standards that cross state, regional, and national boundaries. The AdvancED Accreditation Process is a clear and comprehensive program of evaluation and external review, supported by research-based standards and dedicated to helping schools, districts and education providers improve continuously. The accreditation process is based on a five-year accreditation term that provides ongoing external review, support, and feedback.

For more information about AdvancED and NCA, please visit

AdvancED / North Central Association

Shannon Vogler
888-413-3669 ext. 5801 (Toll Free)

Andrea Boring
Operational Coordinator
888-413-3669 ext. 5802 (Toll Free)

Publications and Presentations

Accreditation and Approval Rules

  • Rule 10, Regulations and Procedures for the Accreditation of Schools
  • Rule 14, Regulations and Procedures for the Legal Operation of Approved Nonpublic Schools
  • Rule 17, Regulations Governing the Approval of Alternative Schools, Classes, or Programs for Expelled Students
  • Rule 18, Interim-Program Schools in County Detention Homes, Institutions, and Juvenile Emergency Shelters
  • Rule 84, Regulations for the Accreditation of Educational Service Units

School Improvement Guides

  • All school improvement guides can be found here.

Pamphlets and Brochures


Reports and Forms

Assurance Statements * Special Curriculum Forms * School Closure Affidavit
Applications * Other Forms

Assurance Statements

Assurance Statements are due to NDE on November 1
(Click here for a description or more information)

Checklists for Reviewing Rule 10 (Accredited) Schools:

Checklist for Reviewing Rule 14 (Approved) Nonpublic Schools:

Special Curriculum Forms

Special forms for nonpublic schools are filed, if necessary, when reporting curriculum through NSSRS
(Click here for a description or more information)

  • Biennial Courses Form (NDE 08-023) – There are two forms available for your use, the second one allows you to fill in the form on your computer before printing. Otherwise, they are the same form.
  • Cooperative Arrangements Course Form (NDE 08-021) – There are two forms available for your use, the second one allows you to fill in the form on your computer before printing. Otherwise, they are the same form.

School Closure Due to Uncontrollable Circumstances

If schools are unable to meet the 450/400/1032/1080 instructional hours, the following affidavit may be filed 10 days after the end of the school year


(Click here for a description or more information)

Schools applying to move from approved Rule 14 to accredited Rule 10 notify NDE of their intent by July 1, follow the applicable Documentation Report checklist, and submit documentation to NDE by November 1:

(Click here for a description or more information)

Other Forms

(Click here for a description or more information)

  • Report of High School District Superintendent on non-aligned Private, Denominational, or Parochial Schools – Due January 15 and June 15
  • Waiver Request checklist


Dates, Locations, and Registration Information

AdvancED Nebraska has scheduled five Continuous School Improvement Workshops for the fall of 2018:

North Platte – September 17 & 18, Sandhills Convention Center

Norfolk – September 24 & 25, Lifelong Learning Center

Kearney – October 9 & 10, Educational Service Unit 10

York – October 22 & 23, Holthus Convention Center

*Fifth Location is Pending


School Improvement

A school improvement process is a systematic on-going process involving planning, implementation, and evaluation and renewal of school improvement activities to meet local and statewide goals and priorities. All accredited schools in Nebraska must have a school improvement process in effect according to Rule 10-009.01. The process includes a periodic review by visiting educators who provide consultation to the local school/community in continued accomplishment of plans and a goals. In accordance with Rule 10-009.01B each school must have an external team visit at least once each five years.

Nebraska Framework Handbook * External Visit Guide * Data Guidebook * Workshops

The Nebraska Framework

The “Nebraska Framework” is a handbook to help schools in the school improvement process. School districts can use the Continuous Improvement Technical Assistance Rubric as they continue to develop their school improvement process.

External Team Visit:
A Support Guide for Host Schools and External Team Leaders

Schools hosting an external visit as well as External Team Leaders will find the “External Team Visit: A Support Guide for Host Schools and External Team Leaders” helpful in preparing for the visit. A checklist, orientation powerpoint, template for the external team report, and an exit report powerpoint have been developed to further aid external team leaders. (After opening the files, please save them to your computer before editing.)

  • Orientation PowerPoint – may be modified for each visit:

Data Guidebook

The goal of the guidebook is to build capacity for data use at the school, district, and state levels. Ideally, data users will train their colleagues on the data inquiry process, building an entire system of educators who are comfortable with and skilled at using data to take action for school improvement.

Interim Programs, Rule 18

On December 29, 2003, Governor Johanns signed Rule 18: Regulations and Procedures for the Approval of Interim-Program Schools in County Detention Homes, Institutions, and Juvenile Emergency Shelters. The Nebraska Department of Education Rule 18 establishes the minimum educational staffing, programs and educational services that must be provided by Interim-Program Schools to make them eligible to receive reimbursement by the State Office of Health and Human Services System (HHSS) beginning with the 2004-05 school year. It further establishes requirements of public schools to work cooperatively and effectively with the Interim-Program Schools to insure students are provided with the real opportunity to make appropriate advancement toward graduation.

Rule 18 was developed over a multiple-year period by an interagency task force representing different state and federal programs, and with the advice and consultation of representatives of many of the schools affected. Rule 18 is intended to do two things. One is to establish certain standards of interim-program schools in order to insure public schools may have confidence in awarding academic credit for work accomplished by students while on the premises or interim-program schools. Second, the rule is intended to provide assurance to the students in interim-program schools that their academic work will be honored by the public schools to which the student will return.

Educational Service Units, Rule 84

Educational Service Units act primarily as service agencies in providing core services and services identified and requested by member school districts. Accreditation is earned by complying with all provisions of Rule 84: Rules and Regulations for the Accreditation of Educational Service Units. This rule is intended to support educational service units in effectively and efficiently supporting school systems in this state and to establish the minimum level of performance for accreditation of the Nebraska education service units.

Educational Service Units have consistently demonstrated a commitment to improve the level of leadership and service that they provide to Nebraska’s schools. Additionally, one of the continuing requirements of Rule 84 is that each ESU is to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of its programs and services at least once in every five-year period using models approved by the Department and as scheduled by the Unit. A model is presented as a framework to assist Educational Service Units as they work to meet this requirement and as they develop a plan for the evaluation and improvement for all unit programs and services.