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.

State Performance Plan (SPP) / Annual Performance Report (APR)

Coming November 1, 2021

 

American Rescue Plan Resources

NDE ESSERS (ARP) Home Page

The U.S. Department of Education has released a fact sheet describing how IDEA funds within ARP can be used to support infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

U.S.D.E. Fact Sheet

ED COVID-19 Handbook, Vol. 2

Instructions for completing the IDEA – ARP Consolidated Application

Frequently Asked Questions around the IDEA, ARP Allocations

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

We look forward to your participation at the hybrid 2021 Paraeducator Conference. This year’s theme is “Paraeducators: The Link to Meaningful Connections” The focus of the conference is equipping Paraeducators to be the most effective for their students. The breakout sessions are relevant for Paraeducators that work with Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, High School, and Transition age students. These breakout sessions cover a variety of topics including Mathematics, English Language Arts, Behavioral Strategies, Social Emotional Learning & Mental Health, Team Collaboration & Communication, and more. Registration will open on October 1, 2021, with a registration deadline of November 2, 2021. Late registrations may be accepted depending upon space. Registration cost is  for both in-person or virtual.
November 9, 2021
Hybrid Event
Younes Conference Center – Kearney, NE & Virtually
 
We look forward to your participation at the hybrid 2021 Paraeducator Conference. This year’s theme is “Paraeducators: The Link to Meaningful Connections” The focus of the conference is equipping Paraeducators to be the most effective for their students. The breakout sessions are relevant for Paraeducators that work with Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, High School, and Transition age students. These breakout sessions cover a variety of topics including Mathematics, English Language Arts, Behavioral Strategies, Social Emotional Learning & Mental Health, Team Collaboration & Communication, and more.
The registration deadline is November 2, 2021. Late registrations may be accepted depending upon space. Registration cost is $60 for both in-person or virtual.
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 Transition Conference – Seeking Proposals
Due by 5 pm 12.3.2021

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.

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.

5-Year-Old Preschool IEP Nebraska Guidance Document

Kindergarten Eligibility in an Early Childhood Education Program Nebraska Guidance Document

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 October 13, 2021 4:17pm