Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Tamara J. Williams


This study provides a historical record of the Nebraska assessment and accountability system from 1998 - 2017. Through a document analysis approach, a narrative has been developed capturing the story of Nebraska’s unique and evolving assessment and accountability system. The study is divided into three time periods, 1998 - 2007, 2008 - 2011, and 2012 - 2017, separated by key legislation and changes to Nebraska’s assessment and accountability system. In each of the time periods, the themes of policy, people, and practices serve to anchor the chronological narrative. The theme of policy explores the connection and influence of the Nebraska Legislature and Federal Mandates on education policy in Nebraska. The theme of people focuses on the ideals of being a local-control state and the effects this label has on educators and communities. The theme of practices examines the impact changes to assessment and accountability have on the educational practices in the state. This work will not only preserve the history of the assessment and accountability system in Nebraska but also serve as a reference for policymakers and a foundation for future studies.


A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education. Copyright 2018 Melanie L. Olson.

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