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.

The State of Nebraska, Department of Education – Request for Proposal for Contractual Services

The State of Nebraska, Department of Education, is seeking a qualified contractor to provide Office of Special Education a web application for collecting, storing, tracking, monitoring, reporting, and verifying federally required state-level, district level data, and complaint investigation data.

Pursuant to federal (34 C.F.R. § 300.600) and state special education regulations (92 Neb. Admin. Code § 51-004.14), NDE is required to monitor the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations and Nebraska special education statutes and implementing regulations. These statutes and their implementing regulations require the state of Nebraska to ensure that a free appropriate public education is provided to children with exceptionalities in the least restrictive environment and that parents of children with exceptionalities, and certain other specified individuals or organizations, are afforded the rights specified in the statutes and implementing regulations. This RFP is to obtain the services of a qualified organization to create a web-based system with the capability to collect, store, report, and track special education monitoring and improvement planning data.

The Office of Special Education, General Supervision RFP has been published and is now available to view at: https://das.nebraska.gov/materiel/bidopps.html

Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSFRF)Promoting Supports for Students with Disabilities Specific to Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

New Guidance Document


Promoting Support for Students with Disabilities Specific to Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Stakeholder Feedback

Merging NECounts with Levels of Determination

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is responsible for conducting a risk analysis of all school districts under the Federal Uniform Grant Guidance. NDE is also responsible for making an annual determination of the performance of each school district under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Because of NDE’s commitment to the Journey to Inclusion, specifically, to align our efforts and provide professional development and guidance to districts based on data and their needs, NDE proposes to combine these two federal requirements into one process, which would serve both as a risk analysis and annual district determination upon which NDE would determine the districts selected for monitoring. NDE requests your feedback on combining these federal requirements into one process.

Please review the requirements and the NECounts Data Summary Draft for Stakeholders and then visit the Stakeholder Feedback on combining NECounts with Levels of Determination Survey to provide feedback. The feedback window will close on November 18, 2022.

Covid-19 & American Rescue Plan Resources

IDEA Guidance/Parent Resources/Educational Resources

Covid-19 Resources

American Rescue Plan 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

Congratulations to ALL of the 2022 Nebraska Paraeducator of the Year nominees, finalists, and winners!  We appreciate and thank all of the amazing Paraeducators throughout the state of Nebraska for their hard work and dedication to our students. We truly couldn’t do it without you!
The 2022 Paraeducators of the Year are (in order of grade level)

Janine Marker – Lincoln Public Schools (Pre-school)
“Ms. Janine is a classroom staple in our preschool room. She works with both morning and afternoon sessions providing support for the daily functioning of our class, and the individual needs of students. Janine has the best smile and sense of humor. Adults, students and families enjoy her companionship and encouragement. Janine goes above and beyond to make sure students enjoy their time while in preschool from getting surprise trinkets to celebrate a special day, or writing notes home to parents to share how proud she is of a child’s accomplishments. Janine recognizes each student for their strengths while gently guiding as they learn new skills. She always has a hug or high-five at the ready and a cozy cuddle when tissues are needed. Janine is one of the very best paraeducators I have had the pleasure with whom to work.”
Brenda Moeller – Shelton Public Schools (Elementary School)
“Brenda is an exceptional special education paraeducator and has been for many years. I am proud to nominate her as paraeducator of the year for the time and hours she has invested in helping children with special needs. She has helped improve the quality of life for so many students over the years. Brenda has helped children, who were non-verbal, express themselves with PEC (Picture Exchange Communication) cards. These children are now able to greet their peers, request toys and participate in games and recess like the other children in class. She has assisted children in developing and improving their fine motor and gross motor skills by providing additional practice for the activities developed by the occupational therapist.”
Veronica Torres – Scottsbluff Public Schools (Middle School)
“Veronica takes initiative and does what needs to be done in order to support students. Veronica is always at work, and is very reliable. She cares about the success of the students. Veronica will also show up and pull through when needed. She is also very flexible and is willing to help whenever it’s needed.”
Lucy Streeter – Wisner-Pilger Schools (High School/Transition)
“As a student who had a disability going through Wisner-Pilger Schools in 2010, Lucy helped me as a student with her hard work ethic and overall kind person. She was a friend, confidant, and someone who could also assist me with my students. Now, I have been working with Lucy for nine years at Wisner-Pilger. She works so well with students in my classroom. Lucy comes to school at seven in the morning, where she will assist students while not even being on the clock. All throughout the day, Lucy works directly with students. Last year, she assisted in one of my classes who had a large majority of students with behavioral challenges as well as EL students. She sat right next to one student and helped her directly. Lucy also does all of the work on her own. She enjoys getting the assignments early so she can get the items completed. Then, she can directly help students with the work, since she has been through it herself.”

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

IEP Special Education Services

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

Nebraska Accommodations Guidelines – How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Accommodations for Instruction of Students with Disabilities (2022)

Nebraska’s Journey to Inclusion – Equity for All Learners Inclusion at Every – Level Guidance Document

Non-Public Services to Children with Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Non-Public Schools

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

Promoting Supports for Students with Disabilities Specific to Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Shortened Days Guidance Document

State Complaint Guideline

Supporting the Behavioral Needs of Children with Disabilities Guidance Document

Results Matter TA Document

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 – May 2022

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 November 9, 2022 3:47pm