This project focuses on the needs of students with disabilities, English learners (ELs), and economically disadvantaged students within targeted support and improvement (TSI) and additional targeted support and improvement (ATSI) schools. The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) identified 274 TSI and ATSI schools to receive assistance based on student group performance.
NDE’s approach to school improvement is aligned to their 2017–2026 Strategic Vision and Direction to ensure equitable opportunities for learning. NDE is committed to equity for all student groups and strives to help schools provide students with the education resources needed at the right time with the right level of intensity. They realize that individual school staff do not always have the skills, tools, and resources to use data or access supports for students with disabilities, ELs, and economically disadvantaged students.
R11CC staff will collaborate with NDE’s Office of Coordinated School and District Support to increase their knowledge of TSI and ATSI school needs; provide educators with resources to implement evidence-based practices; and develop policies, practices, and systems for improving TSI and ATSI schools. Specific Year 1 supports include helping NDE develop a logic model to represent the partners and projects involved in TSI and ATSI work and helping NDE develop and deploy a TSI/ATSI Reflection Guide to identify schools’ concerns about the use of evidence-based practices. Results will be used to form volunteer cohorts to participate in Learning Communities for students with disabilities, ELs, and economically disadvantaged students. This work will be coordinated with existing work within NDE (e.g., Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow [AQUESST]). Long-term outcomes associated with this project include meeting growth and improvement targets for identified student groups.