School Age Statewide Assessment Tests for Students with Disabilities

NDE Brain Injury Supports

NDE Concussion and Brain Injury Supports

Brain Injury Screeners – SAFE CHILD

Brain Injury Brochures

Bridging the Gap from Concussion to the Classroom

Bridging the Gap from Concussion to Classroom Powerpoints with Voice-over

BIRSST Team Contacts

School Age Instruction for Students with Disabilities

Rate Sheet for Service Agencies

Service Agencies

Reentry Programs for Out of School Youth with Disabilities

Re-engaging Out of School Youth with Disabilities

In September 2011, the Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Special Education participated in a Continuous Improvement Visit with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).  The Visit incorporated a “Results” discussion which provided NDE the opportunity to meet with stakeholders to study beyond the issue of compliance and focus on improved results for students with disabilities.  NDE selected the topic of re-entry.
With the support of the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD), Nebraska is conducting research and dedicating resources to promote re-entry programs or efforts to re-engage out of school youth with disabilities.  Guidance from the NDPC-SD provides that high school students with disabilities who drop out of school are costly to society.  Compared to those who graduate, they are more likely to be unemployed, dependent on public services, and involved in the criminal justice system.  Therefore, the work to support youth with disabilities who have dropped out of school to re-engage and finish a high school credential is critical for the student, school and community.
Please find below resources and updates on Nebraska’s efforts to improve outcomes by re-engaging out of school youth disabilities.  Check back often for more information!

Dropout Recovery:
Dropout recovery is a strategy to pursue the best possible outcome for students who have already dropped out of school.  This might include re-enrolling a student to earn a diploma, completion of the GED, or other methods of delivering instruction on employment and life skills for someone who has dropped out of school.  This brief provides information and examples related to these recovery strategies.
Dropout Recovery Brief

Resources from the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities

logoReentry Programs for Out of School Youth with Disabilities

High school students with disabilities who drop out are costly to society. Consequently, helping students with disabilities graduate has become a prominent national concern. Students with disabilities drop out at higher rates than their nondisabled peers and experience more obstacles to reentry. Education providers throughout the country have responded to this situation by offering reentry programs to which students with disabilities can return to complete their high school education. These programs are specifically designed to address students’ barriers to school completion and prepare them for college and career readiness. Hence, the NDPC-SD has created the following three reports to help you better understand the issue and to assist you in planning new reentry programs or redesigning existing programs.

View Reports

logoReentry Programs:  Model Program Database
This database includes 140+ model recovery/reentry programs for youth with disabilities.  Check it out!
Model Programs Database

Nebraska’s Results Stakeholder Committee and Meeting Agendas (September 2011)
The links below provide a listing of the stakeholder committee members and the agendas for the Results meeting.
Stakeholder Committee Membership
Stakeholder Meeting Agendas

Nebraska’s Plan (September 2011)
Nebraska’s Improvement Activities for developing and implementing re-entry programs for out of school youth with disabilities.
Plan 2011 – 2014


Parent Rights in Special Education

Parent Information

Parent Information

Monitoring Forms

Special Education Monitoring Forms

Monitoring Protocol For School Districts Birth to 21
Sample State Complaint Form

Part B (age three to 21)

Parental Consent for the Use of Public Benefits or
Insurance to Pay for Services under the IDEA

File Review

Part B File Review Checklist: Training Tool

Forms Review

Forms Review Checklist

Individual Model Forms

  • Student Assistance Team Report & Referral pdf
  • Prior Written Notice & Consent for Initial Evaluation pdf
  • Notification of Meeting pdf
  • Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team Report pdf
  • Prior Written Notice & Initial Consent for Services/Placement pdf
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) pdf
  • Notice for Change of Placement pdf
  • Consent to Invite Outside Agency to IEP pdf
  • Consent to Excuse IEP Member – Area Not Being Discussed pdf
  • Consent to Excuse IEP Member – Area Being Discussed pdf
  • Summary of Performance pdf
  • Review of Existing Evaluation Data pdf
  • Parental Revocation of Consent pdf

Part B Public Reporting and District Determinations, Technical Guide (pdf April 2016)

Part C (Birth to three)

File Review

Part C File Review IFSP Checklist (pdf)

Part C Desk Audit Checklist (pdf)


Part C Public Reporting and PRT Determinations, Technical Guide (pdf April 2016)

NeSA Assessments

School Age NeSA Tests for Students with Disabilities


Nebraska Special Education Mediation Option

Welcome to the special education mediation option web page! The Nebraska mediation system is one-of-a-kind. Here are some quick ways to learn about it on this site.

How do I get started? Call an approved mediation center. The Intake Coordinator will answer your questions & help you determine whether you want to mediate. Part of the job of the Intake Coordinator is to contact all the people you believe should be involved in the mediation, as well as arrange a time and place to meet that is convenient for you. The mediators will be assigned by the mediation center and will meet at the day, time, and place that has been worked out.

What does mediation mean? Mediation is a process in which trained mediators assist people in conflict to communicate & to make voluntary, informed choices in an effort to find a mutually acceptable resolution to their dispute. The mediators strive to be impartial, neutral & unbiased. The Nebraska mediation model is interest-based & facilitative, focusing on the participants’ needs in order to find workable, lasting, self-enforcing solutions. Mediation ethics derive from the mediators respect for each participant’s uniqueness, personal & cultural values, dignity, competence & right to self-determination.

When? Mediation can take place anytime, before or instead of filing a lawsuit, after or before a complant or petition is filed, or after a case has been heard or dismissed. See "When to Mediate" for a more whimsical way to figure out if now is the right time for you.

If you have questions or comments about the Mediation Option,
Contact Denise Wright at the Nebraska Department of Education: or 308-632-1338.

See the Nebraska Mediation Brochure.