State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Nebraska

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 6 by January 1 Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-201
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before July 31 Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-214
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-in: Schools required to admit students age 5 between August 1 and October 15, if parent requests and provides an affidavit that the child has demonstrated readiness through a school board-recognized assessment procedure, or has attended or will attend kindergarten in another jurisdiction in the current year. Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-214
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-201;
Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-214
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-728 ;
Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-212
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 400 hours per year for half-day kindergarten.1,032 hours per year for elementary grades. Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-212,
Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-211
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations. Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-1007.04
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: Teachers seeking an elementary education endorsement must complete 6 semester hours in communication, including literature, composition, and speech. 92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 24, 006
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Teacher Preparation: Teachers seeking an elementary education endorsement must complete 6 semester hours in mathematics. 92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 24, 006
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Elementary Education Endorsement, kindergarten through grade 8. Early Childhood Education Endorsement, prekindergarten through grade 3 (requires the teacher to hold an Elementary Education Endorsement, the early childhood endorsement is supplemental). 92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 24, 006
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Each school board must approve and make available a recognized assessment procedure for determining if a child is ready for kindergarten. 92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 10, 004
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? School based prekindergarten programs are required to link the prekindergarten to the district’s kindergarten/primary program through a written transition plan. Districts must also include the prekindergarten program in the school improvement plan. 92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 11, 005
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Reading and mathematics assessments are required for third grade students. Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-760.03
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Aggregate results must be reported to the department of education. Results also inform school performance level classifications. School districts must provide individual student achievement data from the assessments to the department for the purpose of implementing the statewide system for tracking individual student achievement. Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-760.03
92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 10, 002
Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-760.05
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Is there a third grade retention policy? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Yes, family engagement is required throughout pre-kindergarten programs, including transition plans. 92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 11, 005
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Approved teacher education programs must include training in student development, including social-emotional development. 92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 20, 005

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