Special Education

Transition Conference 2019

Registration is open for the 2019 Transition Conference scheduled for February 26-27, 2019 in Kearney.  There is an outstanding line-up of over 40 sessions including nationally recognized keynotes and  practitioners from across the state sharing practices.  Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops as several sessions provide hands-on learning activities.
Contact  Alice.senseney@nebraska.gov or 402-471-2775 if you have questions.

Register at: https://odie.esu10.org/workshops/SectionDetails.aspx?SectionID=5402

Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP Conference)
March 15-16, 2019
Younes Conference Center – Kearney, NE

What is PEP?
PEP brings together parents of children with disabilities in an accepting and confidential environment. You’ll have the opportunity to share your ideas and feelings, and discuss common concerns. Sessions also include further information on parenting and educating children with disabilities, as well as how to develop and maintain effective partnerships with the professionals who work with your family.

Who Should Attend
• All Nebraskan Parents, who are raising a child with an active IFSP/IEP.
• Couples:  both partners are encouraged to attend the conference together for maximum benefit.
•Single parents:  are encouraged to bring a support-person
•A small number of openings are reserved for education professionals who serve children with disabilities and are employed in Nebraska school districts.  Professional will experience PEP from a parent perspective.

Conference Details
•No Registration Fee
•Registration is first come, first serve
•Lodging will be provided Friday, March 15
•Continental breakfast provided by the hotel
•Lunch provided both days of the conference

Register at: bit.ly/2S9L16  or call 308-632-1338

Revised Technical Assistance/Guidance Documents – August 2018

Extended School Year (ESY) Guidance Document – Aug 2018 (PDF)

Improving Learning for Children with Disabilities (ILCD) Guidance Document – Aug 2018 (PDF)

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Guidance Document – Aug 2018 (PDF)

Non-Public Services to Children with Disabilities Enrolled by their Parents in Non-Public Schools – Aug 2018 (PDF)

Transition Planning Guidance Document- Aug 2018 (PDF)

Part C Procedural Safeguards_(Aug 2018 (PDF)


IDEA Part C Determination

The US Department of Education (the Department) has issued a determination under sections 616 and 642 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for each state/territory.  The Department has determined that Nebraska needs assistance in meeting the requirements of Part C of the IDEA.  In accordance with section 616(3)(1) of the IDEA and 34 CFR 303.704(a), if a state is determined to need assistance for two consecutive years, the Secretary must take one or more of the following actions: 

  1. Advise the State of available sources of technical assistance that may help the State address the areas in which the State needs assistance and require the State to work with appropriate entities;
  2. Direct the use of State-level funds on the area or areas in which the State needs assistance.The US Department of Education (the Department) has issued a determination under sections 616 and 642 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for each state/territory.  The Department has determined that Nebraska needs assistance in meeting the requirements of Part C of the IDEA.  In accordance with section 616(3)(1) of the IDEA and 34 CFR 303.704(a), if a state is determined to need assistance for two consecutive years, the Secretary must take one or more of the following actions: 
    1. Advise the State of available sources of technical assistance that may help the State address the areas in which the State needs assistance and require the State to work with appropriate entities;
    2. Direct the use of State-level funds on the area or areas in which the State needs assistance.

Public Reporting and Determinations Guides

Public Reporting

Part B Levels of Determination 2017

Part B Levels of Determination 2017


Alternative Assessment Criteria – The Alternate Assessment information is new and the Alternate Assessment Criteria document is required to be completed. 

IEP Team Decision Making Flow Chart


District Phase II TIP

District Phase II TIP Report
TIP Supplementary GuidanceTIP Review Tool


Prior Written Notice Guidance Document

PDF of Shortened Day and Transition Guidance Document

ECICC Biennial Report to the Governor


New Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

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


Maintenance of Effort

Worksheet and Tracking ToolFederal Proposed Regulations on Significant Disproportionality
Federal Study and State Analysis of Disproportionality


New Technical Assistance Document Available

Significant Disproportionality Guidance Document