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Nebraska Department of Education, 2021
This booklet is in response to commonly asked questions from parents about preparing for, and entering kindergarten. Some questions parents ask are about district policy. Nebraska has over 200 individual school districts, each having their own board, superintendent, and policies. The Nebraska Department of Education provides guidance and…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Kindergarten, Educational Policy, School Districts
Nebraska Department of Education, 2021
Academic language includes three skills: (1) use of inferential language (communicating about ideas across contexts); (2) use of narrative language (clearly describing a series of events); and (3) understanding a range of academic vocabulary and grammatical structures. These skills help students better comprehend academic texts both across…
Descriptors: Academic Language, Language Skills, Kindergarten, Reading Skills
Nebraska Department of Education, 2021
For students to be able to read and comprehend, they must first develop phonological awareness, the ability to recognize and manipulate the segments of sound in words. To develop this ability, students must be able to identify the following: individual sounds (phonemes) in words; print letters of the alphabet; and corresponding sounds for each…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Kindergarten, Phonological Awareness
Nebraska Department of Education, 2021
For students to be able to read with greater fluency and comprehension, they must first develop their understanding of morphology, the knowledge of meaningful word parts in the language. To develop this understanding, students must learn the following: letter patterns and word parts, the relation of sounds to letters, and high-frequency word…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Fluency, Reading Comprehension, Morphology (Languages)
Nebraska Department of Education, 2021
Reading connected text--that is, multiple sentences related to each other-- requires greater skill than reading isolated words. To read and understand connected text, students must quickly recognize words, integrate what they are reading with their background knowledge, and monitor their comprehension. This document provides a summary of…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Kindergarten, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship
Nebraska Department of Education, 2021
Nebraska's educators know the state's long-term competitiveness depends on continually improving student learning and outcomes for our 300,000+ K-12 students. That's why what they teach in classrooms all over the state is tied closely to content area standards--standards developed by Nebraska educators, approved by the State Board, and reviewed…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Educational Policy, State Policy
Nebraska Department of Education, 2021
The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) seeks to improve all schools. To strategically target resources and champion equity in education, the NDE blends both federal and state supports in its classification and designation system. Nebraska statute requires the State Board of Education to create a system of accountability combining multiple…
Descriptors: Accountability, Academic Achievement, Classification, Educational Legislation
Nebraska Department of Education, 2019
The practice guide, "Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades," offers five specific recommendations to help educators identify struggling readers and implement evidence-based strategies to promote their reading achievement. This brief summary report…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Elementary School Students, Reading Instruction, Individualized Instruction
Nebraska Department of Education, 2019
The WWC practice guide "Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade" presents a set of evidence-based practices that teachers and other educators can use to successfully teach reading comprehension to young readers. The guide, developed by a panel of experts, presents a set of evidence-based practices that teachers…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Improvement, Primary Education, Elementary School Students
Nebraska Department of Education, 2019
In 2006, several dedicated early childhood professionals began work on the creation of the "Nebraska Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals." Representatives from across Nebraska worked together. After the input from various focus groups, the document became public in July of 2007. The current revision process began in late…
Descriptors: Teacher Competencies, Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers
Nebraska Department of Education, 2018
The Early Learning Guidelines: Nebraska's Birth to Five Learning and Development Standards (hereafter referred to as the Guidelines) is a resource to provide information about young children's learning and development. The Guidelines are intended to assist adults in planning and providing meaningful learning experiences and environments for…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Child Development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices
Nebraska Department of Education, 2016
The goal of the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Practice Guide, "Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade," is to offer educators specific, evidence-based recommendations for teaching foundational reading skills to students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. The guide suggests…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Beginning Reading, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods
Nebraska Department of Education, 2016
The goal of the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Practice Guide, "Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade," is to offer educators specific, evidence-based recommendations for teaching foundational reading skills to students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. The guide suggests…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Beginning Reading, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods
Nebraska Department of Education, 2016
The goal of the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Practice Guide, "Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade," is to offer educators specific, evidence-based recommendations for teaching foundational reading skills to students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. The guide suggests…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Beginning Reading, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods
Nebraska Department of Education, 2016
The goal of the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Practice Guide, "Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade," is to offer educators specific, evidence-based recommendations for teaching foundational reading skills to students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. The guide suggests…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Beginning Reading, Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods
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