The Nebraska State Statute 79-760 was updated by passage of LB 930 in spring 2016 to require that state accountability testing at the high school level be completed through the administration of a college entrance exam. ACT was selected as the exam to be administered beginning spring 2017 to all public school third-year cohort students, except those identified as needing alternate assessment.
Students will participate in ACT Reading, English, Math, Science and Writing each spring. Although ACT writing is optional for Saturday administrations, the ACT writing test is required for state testing for all students.
All students, including special education students and English Learners who are in their third-year cohort of high school must participate in the ACT. An alternate exam is available for students who qualify as having significant cognitive disabilities. Please click on the link for the alternate assessment page.
ACT Quick Links
2022 Test Windows
Test Window 1
Standard Administration (Paper): March 22, 2022
Accommodations Administration (Paper): March 22-25 & March 28-31 & April 1
Standard & ACT-Authorized Accommodations (Online): March 22-24 & March 29-31
Test Window 2
Standard Administration (Paper): April 5, 2022
Accommodations Administration (Paper): April 5-8 & April 11-15
Standard & ACT-Authorized Accommodations (Online): April 5-7 & April 12-14
Test Window 3 Make-up Only
Standard Administration (Paper): April 19, 2022
Accommodations Administration (Paper): April 19-22 & April 25-29
Standard & ACT-Authorized Accommodations (Online): April 19-21 & April 26-28
Determining Graduation Cohort when Enrolling High School Students
It is important that all districts use the established guidance for determining graduation cohorts when enrolling high school students. Guidance for Graduation Cohort V5.00 04.07.17 details the rules for determining the graduation cohort year. This guidance should be used whenever a district enrolls a new high school student, including foreign exchange students. The process needs to be updated for the ADVISER system. Questions should be directed to:
NDE Help Desk – Questions about the Portal or ADVISER/NSSRS
College & Career Ready Writing Presentation from AQuESTT Conference (includes NeSA-TDA and ACT Writing) April 2017
The PreACT Test Administration webinar was presented on September 14, 2021.
(If you have not registered, you will have to do so to see the recording.)