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Summer Learning Programs

Summer Math Challenge

The Summer Math Challenge is a FREE math program designed to help kids retain math skills learned during the previous year. The six-week program offers daily emails with fun activities and resources at each student’s ability level.

How do I sign up?

1. Go to to enroll your child.
2. Starting Monday, June 18th, check your inbox for daily emails with fun
activities and resources.
3. Visit every day to read about weekly
math concepts and earn badges.
4. When the program ends on Friday, July 27th, print an award certificate
to celebrate your child’s summer accomplishments!

Summer Math Challenge Flyer – English

Summer Math Challenge Flyer – Español

Math Challenge Certificate

Summer Reading Challenge

What is “Find a Book”?

“Find a Book” is a free, fun and easy way to identify books based on a child’s reading level (Lexile® measure) and interests.

Who is it for?

“Find a Book” is  for everyone! With over  300,000 books
included, “Find a Book” connects any reader with “just right” books.


Use “Find a Book” to build custom book lists for readers at all ability levels, and then locate your selections at your local public library.

1. Go to
2. Enter the child’s Lexile measure of grade level.
3. Pick books that match the child’s interests.
4. View and refine the search results.

Find A Book Flyer – English

Find A Book Flyer – Español

Summer Reading Challenge Certificate

State and National Resources




  • Figure This! An initiative launched by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education targeting parents and families by demonstrating challenging middle school mathematics and emphasizing the importance of high-quality math education for all students.
  • Illuminations Interactive activities presented by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)


Text Books


Professional Development

  • Presentation and Strategies 

Contact Us

Deborah Romanek
Mathematics Education Specialist
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Ph: 402-471-2503 Fax: 402-471-4565

Patsy Shald, Administrative Assistant
Mathematics Education
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Ph: 402-471-2109 Fax: 402-471-4565


Mathematics Education

Welcome to NDE Mathematics Home Page

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:


Key Instructional Shifts for Quality Implementation CCR Standards

What’s New?

NSCAS Summative Assessment Development Applications – Summer 2018

NDE is looking for highly qualified educators to participate in assessment development opportunities this coming summer. Stipends are available for individuals NOT working under contract. Click on the application for further information.

NSCAS Math Assessment Development Application

Summer Learning Programs



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