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.

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 – Coming Soon!

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

IDEA Guidance/Parent Resources/Educational Resources

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

Nebraska One Percent (1%) Waiver Extension Letter 2020.2021

Nebraska One Percent (1%) Waiver Extension Letter 2020.2021

Upcoming SPED Events

Registration is open now for the 2021 Nebraska MTSS Summit on Oct. 7 and 8!
Registration is open now for the 2021 Nebraska MTSS Summit on Oct. 7 and 8! “Essentials for Renewal and Acceleration” is the theme of this year’s all-virtual event, hosted by the Nebraska Department of Education’s Office of Special Education.
The cost is $25 per registrant. The first 300 people to register will be sent a special “Essentials for Engagement” packet.
2021 Paraeducator Conference The Link to Meaningful Connections - November 9th, 2021 - Younes Conference Center in Kearney, NE & viz Zoom as a hybrid event. Nominations for the 2021 Paraeducator of the Year! We encourage and invite all community members to nominate an outstanding paraeducator for recognition as the Nebraska Paraeducator of the Year. Please take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution made by paraeducators and honor these outstanding individuals. Nominations can be submitted at: http://rebrand.ly/PARANominations by September 30th, 2021 • Paraeducators who demonstrate the highest standard of performance in carrying out their assigned responsibilities should be considered for nomination. The award recipients will be announced and celebrated at this year’s conference. Do not hesitate to reach out to Jamie Chambers (Jamie.L.chambers@nebraska.gov) or Mary Lenser (Mary.lenser@nebraska.gov) for further information.
November 9, 2021
Hybrid Event
Younes Conference Center – Kearney, NE & Virtually
Nominations for the 2021 Paraeducator of the Year!
We encourage and invite all community members to nominate an outstanding paraeducator for recognition as the Nebraska Paraeducator of the Year. Please take this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution made by paraeducators and honor these outstanding individuals. Nominations can be submitted at: http://rebrand.ly/PARANominations by September 30th, 2021
• Paraeducators who demonstrate the highest standard of performance in carrying out their assigned responsibilities should be considered for nomination. The award recipients will be announced and celebrated at this year’s conference.
Do not hesitate to reach out to Jamie Chambers (Jamie.L.chambers@nebraska.gov) or Mary Lenser (Mary.lenser@nebraska.gov)
for further information.

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)

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 July 29, 2021 2:13pm