Special Education

Office of Special Education - Our Purpose

To lead the improvement of outcomes for preparing all children and students with disabilities and their families for learning, earning and living through effective use of data, collaboration, communication, and a framework of differentiated support.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

IDEA Guidance/Parent Resources/Educational Resources

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

Recent SPED Updates

Clarification on guidance for 92 NAC 51 – 009.04 and IDEA 60 Day Timeline for School Age Children

45 school day vs 60 day guidance (PDF)

Guidance on Special Education Certification – April 2019

Guidance on Special Education Certification – Reimbursable under IDEA (PDF)

Upcoming SPED Events

The Nebraska Department of Education is seeking proposals for sessions for the 2022 Office of Special Education Transition Conference. Please submit your offer to present by 5:00 pm on December 3, 2021. Lead presenters will be notified regarding the status of their submission by December 16, 2021. Priority will be given to those proposals that disseminate evidence-based practices, actively engage participants, and present topics likely to improve Post-Secondary Outcomes for students with disabilities. Submit proposals at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdN2G3da6L2PmcEdMM5_xbYduD_tapk4cUaN2QZG72r5zRgZA/viewform

2022 Hybrid Transition Conference
February 22-23, 2022
In-Person – Younes Conference Center – Kearney, NE
Virtual – Zoom

Registration and more information is available on the NDE Nebraska Transition Webpage HERE

Eligibility Guidelines

Eligibility Guidelines by Topic

Policies & Procedures Guidance Documents

Policies & Procedures by Topic

Technical Assistance/Guidance Documents

Developing Local Policies & Procedures Required for Implementation of Special Education Part B Regulations in Nebraska’s Public Schools

Eligibility Guidelines

Equity Guidance – Nebraska – CEIS

Equity Guidance – Nebraska

Extended School Year (ESY) Guidance Document – Aug 2018

GMS Flex Funding Application Preschool and School-Age District Procedures Guidance Document

Guidance on Serving Homeschool, Exempt Students with Disabilities

IEP Facilitation Guide 2020

Improving Learning for Children with Disabilities (ILCD) Guidance Document – Navigating the T.I.P.

Kindergarten Age Eligible (5-year-old) Preschool IEP and LRE Guidance (Dec. 2021)

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Guidance Document – Aug 2018

Medicaid in Public Schools (MIPS) Guidance Document

NETA B Preschool Guidance Document

Non-Public Services to Children with Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Non-Public Schools – (REVISIONS COMING SOON)

Part C Procedural Safeguards – Aug 2018

Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities Guide – January 2020

Policies and Procedures Guidance Documents by Topic

Prior Written Notice Guidance Document

Shortened Days Guidance Document

State Complaint Guideline

Results Matter TA Document 2021-2022

Teaching Students with Specific Learning Disabilities Math

Tips for Working with a Licensed Sign Language Interpreter
 *Webinar with captioning to support the TA Doc on Guidelines for Educational Interpreters.

Transition Planning Guidance Document – Aug 2018

Questions and Answers on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Evaluations, and Reevaluations – OSEP 2010

Department Information

Public Reporting and Determination Guides

Public Reporting
Part B Levels of Determination 2017


Early Childhood Inter-Agency Coordinating Council

ECICC Biennial Report to the Governor


Guidance from the U.S. Dept. of Education – Office for Civil Rights

Colleague Letter – Resource Guide on Students with ADHD
Know Your Rights – Students with ADHD


Maintenance of Effort

Federal Proposed Regulations on Significant Disproportionality
Federal Study and State Analysis of Disproportionality

Updated January 25, 2022 8:29am